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Director:
Writers:
Jerzy Andrzejewski (novel) and
Jerzy Andrzejewski (screenplay)
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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 »
User Reviews:
A masterpiece that should never be forgotten See more (34 total) »

Cast

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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)
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Directed by
Andrzej Wajda 
 
Writing credits
Jerzy Andrzejewski (novel)

Jerzy Andrzejewski  screenplay
Andrzej Wajda  writer

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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
After the film's release, sales of sunglasses shot up because Zbigniew Cybulski wore them consistently throughout the film.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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49 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
A masterpiece that should never be forgotten, 5 January 2006

First, I've read a book by Jerzy Andrzejewski and then I've seen the movie. After that, I never went back to the book. It was not because it was bad, quite the contrary - it was very good. But the movie by Andrzej Wajda is definitely a masterpiece of Polish movie-making. The main plot of the movie revolves around Maciek Chelmicki, a young idealist who fought against the Germans and then turned to fight against the Communists. He is sent to kill Szczuka, one of The Party's middle rank administrators, by the Polish underground.That's the plot. The movie itself is about a lot of important things, common to all people (but I believe the Polish people will find a few of them more emotionally binding):

1. Nothing is black or white, everything is just a shade of gray

2. Is death, no matter how you try to justify it, senseless?

3. Is it better to live, while on your knees or die standing straight? Or maybe it's better to try to live standing straight?

4. That sometimes it's not war that is hell, it's living through war and trying to live a normal life that is a lot harder (thank God I do not know if it is so)

Wajda's movie doesn't give direct answers to any of these questions - each person may watch the movie from a different point of view and get to a totally different conclusion. But even if you're not into psychological movies about war, or noir-movies (and Popiol i Diament is definitely a sort of a noir-movie) it's worth watching for just one scene - the burning vodka glasses at the bar - Cybulski at his best.

And lastly - the motto of the movie (and of the book as well):

"Will ash and chaos be left in the end, that follows a storm into abyss Or may a diamond be found in the ash, a dawn of an everlasting victory"

Cyprian Kamil Norwid

PS: I hope Mr Norwid will not turn in his grave at the quality of my translation but that part of a poem by CK Norwid sums up the movie really well.

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