Popiól i diament (Ashes and Diamonds) Reviews
the sene were they stand behinde the Jesus in the mess and bombed church
also when she was pouring the glass of beer with a sensual look
Somewhere between overt and subtle is a gentle aesthetic that guides this film along in a beauty that is rarely seen in cinema (or at least in a way that you might miss if you're not looking for it).
There is also a bit of symbolism, particularly Christ's figure hovering over the characters and violet flowers which signify love; to some extent I see this film as a prelude to the (religious) art films that will come in the 60s, it's not quite there yet. Robert Bresson is an exception; he made "Diary of a Country Priest" in the early 50s. What prevents "Ashes and Diamonds" from being great is its lack of polish; there are moments in the end, that I will not spoil, where it would have been better off leaving them out. The editing wasn't precise; Wajda gives us a powerful, heart-breaking scene and then goes back to it at least twice, I think it would have been better if it wasn't expanded upon. It wasn't something excessive but at times you just need to have limits. One of its revealing scenes didn't have the impact it should have; I actually found it funny, probably because of the time difference and what you're accustomed to seeing. My issues with it are not of great importance; it's still a very good film that should be seen for its love affair rather than its political agendas.