During the German occupation noble, bourgeois and worker's partisan groups lived in peace with another. On the first day of freedom they start to fight each other. In these fights is weaved a most tender love story.
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Maciek, a young Resistance fighter, is ordered to kill Szczuka, a Communist district leader, on the last day of World War II. Though killing has been easy for him in the past, Szczuka was a fellow soldier, and Maciek must decide whether to follow his orders. Written by
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The entire film takes place over two days, May 8th and 9th 1945. See more »
In the scene where Maciek is running away from Drewnowski and then the Russian soldiers, a train above them passes by. In one shot it is going to the left of the screen. Then in the next shot it is going to the right, then to the left again. See more »
So often, are you as a blazing torch with flames/ of burning rags falling about you flaming, /you know not if flames bring freedom or death. /Consuming all that you must cherish /if ashes only will be left, and want Chaos and tempest...
...Or will the ashes hold the glory of a starlike diamond... /The Morning Star of everlasting triumph.
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This is one of those movies that convince me of the medium's universality.
Wajda is using his skills in emulation of Hollywood examples (for example,
the tenebrous lighting reminiscent of fashionable noir movies and the deep
focus honed by Orson Welles and Gregg Toland), but his story is genuinely
about post-war Poland and is intensely personal and honest. In Zbigniew
Cybulski, he has an actor who catches the director's personal feelings
the War and what has happened to his homeland, his bravery struggling
against the ambiguity and despair brought on by war weariness and soviet
betrayal. We see the sociology of the moment, from the hotel clerk's
nostalgia for Warsaw, now ruined, to the hardened barmaid, who wants
desperately to believe in love. The whole spectrum is sampled, from the
ineffectual old leaders to the vicious soviet man who assists the targeted
Sczcuka, himself a decent but conflicted character. It's remarkable that
Wajda got the film made despite his soviet minders.
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