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Director:
Writers:
Jerzy Andrzejewski (novel) &
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Release Date:
29 May 1961 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win See more »
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Deserving of its reputation See more (35 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Zbigniew Cybulski ... Maciek Chelmicki
Ewa Krzyzewska ... Krystyna
Waclaw Zastrzezynski ... Szczuka
Adam Pawlikowski ... Andrzej
Bogumil Kobiela ... Drewnowski
Jan Ciecierski ... Portier
Stanislaw Milski ... Pieniazek
Artur Mlodnicki ... Kotowicz
Halina Kwiatkowska ... Staniewiczowa
Ignacy Machowski ... Waga
Zbigniew Skowronski ... Slomka
Barbara Krafftówna ... Stefka (as Barbara Kraftówna)
Aleksander Sewruk ... Swiecki
Zofia Czerwinska ... Barmaid Lili
Wiktor Grotowicz ... Franek Pawlicki (as W. Grotowicz)
Irena Orzecka ... Jurgieluszka (as I. Orzewska)
Mieczyslaw Loza ... Smolarski (as M. Loza)
Halina Siekierko ... Puciatycka (as H. Siekierko)
Tadeusz Kalinowski ... Wejchert (as T. Kalinowski)
Grazyna Staniszewska ... Hanka Lewicka (as G. Staniszewska)
Ferdynand Matysik ... Staszek Gawlik (as E. Matysik)
Jerzy Adamczak ... Maj. Wrona (as J. Adamczyk)
Józef Pieracki ... Puciatycki (as J. Pieracki)
Adolf Chronicki ... Podgórski (as A. Chronicki)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Juliusz Grabowski ... Musician (uncredited)
Jerzy Jogalla ... Marek Szczuka (uncredited)
Ryszard Pietruski ... Worker in the Crowd (uncredited)

Directed by
Andrzej Wajda 
 
Writing credits
Jerzy Andrzejewski  novel &
Jerzy Andrzejewski  screenplay &
Andrzej Wajda  screenplay

Original Music by
Filip Nowak 
 
Cinematography by
Jerzy Wójcik 
 
Film Editing by
Halina Nawrocka 
 
Production Design by
Roman Mann 
 
Costume Design by
Katarzyna Chodorowicz 
 
Makeup Department
Halina Ber .... assistant makeup artist (as Halina Turant)
Halina Sienska .... makeup artist (as Halina Sieñska)
Halina Zajac .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Stanislaw Adler .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anita Janeczkowa .... assistant director
Janusz Morgenstern .... first assistant director
Jan Wlodarczyk .... assistant director
Andrzej Wróbel .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Marian Kowalinski .... assistant production designer
Jaroslaw Switoniak .... assistant production designer
Leszek Wajda .... assistant production designer
 
Sound Department
Bohdan Bienkowski .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Zygmunt Krusznicki .... assistant camera
Bogdan Myslinski .... assistant camera
Jerzy Szurowski .... assistant camera
Krzysztof Winiewicz .... assistant camera
Wieslaw Zdort .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Irena Chorynska .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Filip Nowak .... conductor
 
Other crew
Michal Sosinski .... production assistant
Zygmunt Wójcik .... production assistant
Ludwik Hager .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Popiól i diament" - Poland (original title)
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Runtime:
103 min | West Germany:95 min (original: 108')
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
"Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53"See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Glasses of vodka are set alight which burn for an unnaturally long length of time and with a bigger flame than expected, suggesting a purer fuel was used in the film, such as petrol. Moreover, when the final flame dies (c.41 minutes) no liquid remains in the glass. Only the alcohol content is flammable in any glass of spirit and a residue of water would be left behind with even the very strongest of Polish vodkas.See more »
Quotes:
Krystyna: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...
Maciek Chelmicki:...Or will the ashes hold the glory of a starlike diamond... /The Morning Star of everlasting triumph.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Wszystko na sprzedaz (1969)See more »
Soundtrack:
Czerwone makiSee more »

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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Deserving of its reputation, 7 March 2004
Author: Gerard Balsley (gbalsley@centurytel.net) from Denton, Texazs

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 about 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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