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Director:
Writers:
Jerzy Andrzejewski (novel) &
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:
Electric 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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The entire film takes place over two days, May 8th and 9th 1945.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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Soundtrack:
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34 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Electric, 6 September 2002
Author: Robert J. Maxwell (rmax304823@yahoo.com) from Deming, New Mexico, USA

I've seen this movie only twice, stumbling across it the first time in a theater in Skopje, Yugoslavia, and I left the theater almost in shock. I'd never seen such a combination of direction, editing, cinematography, and acting. (That business about Cybulski being "the Polish James Dean" is disregardable nonsense; like saying that Chopin was the Polish John Phillip Souza.) Wajda's other films didn't seem so impressive, but "Ashes and Diamonds" was simply superb. The images linger in the mind, even now, when artiness has become commonplace. The shattered crucifix hanging upside down; the final chase through the drying laundry; and Cybulski on his side, kicking himself around in circles atop a heap of garbage! It wasn't simply thought provoking, it was shocking. I can only remember one other time I felt stunned into silence on leaving a theater, and that was in LA after the first Bergman film I saw, which happened to be "The Seventh Seal." Don't miss it.

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