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Ashes and Diamonds -- Polish soldier Maciek Chelmicki has been ordered to assassinate an incoming Soviet commissar, but a mistake stalls his progress and leads him to Krystyna, a beautiful barmaid who gives him a glimpse of what his life could be.

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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 »
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Post -war Poland See more (34 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)
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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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Trivia:
Director Andrzej Wajda realized that his leading man Zbigniew Cybulski would be constrained by period costume so he allowed him to wear clothes that felt more natural to him.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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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Post -war Poland, 3 July 2008
Author: esteban hernandez from Italy

I have seen this film several times and often I asked myself how the director Andrzej Wajda was allowed to film something that clearly shows the corruption of the new governing bodies in post-war Poland. This is a film of 1958, i.e. Poland well occupied by the Soviet troops and only 2 years after the Hungarian massacre. The acting of already disappeared Zbigniew Cybulski as Maciek is really impressive and reminds me to some extent James Dean playing "Rebel without a Cause". The personality of Maciek is difficult to understand if one ignores the suffering of Polish people during the war. Once this bloody confrontation finishes the Soviet came over and put their loyal people in the important posts of the government. The fact is that those soviet loyalists were not the appropriate ones, often corrupted and looking to climb for better position. The presence of the Soviet officers in the official parties and ceremonies was very common and this can also be well seen. Ewa Krzyzewska plays the role of a young lady working in a restaurant,she wants to live and to love, but even her dreams cannot become a reality. The film draws what was then wrong in Poland and how wrong the people felt and behave. Maciek is used by an anticommunist violent movement, in fact he wants to live differently, to stop fighting, to live and to love too. This film is really one of the classic of the filmography of Eastern Europe under the domination of the Soviets.

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