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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:
An essential historical film and visual masterpiece See more (35 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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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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Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of Polish Cinema (1999)See more »
Soundtrack:
Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53See more »

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28 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
An essential historical film and visual masterpiece, 17 October 2005
Author: jmurphy-11 from United States

"Ashes and Diamonds" is both an essential historical film and a visual masterpiece. Set in the first days of Soviet occupation following World War II, the film examines the moral dilemmas of the protagonist, Maciek--a young rebel hit-man-- in following through with the assassination of a leading communist party member--Sczcuka--who will soon be empowered as a means of forming a puppet communist government in Poland. The film is not limited to the perspective of the protagonist, and alternates between the moral dilemmas of each of the characters in fulfilling predetermined Soviet agendas in the formation of a communist Poland.

The visual composition of the film is as masterful as the complexity of the characters and plot. Despite the notoriously bad film technology in the Soviet states and the constraints of Socialist Realism, the film manages not only to capture the potential richness of black and white, but also manages to avoid the standard pitfalls of over-zealous editing that often destroy other contemporary Soviet films. The frames are longer shots in general, and forced schematization through editing is all but absent. The precise composition of each scene throughout the film provides the visual coherency that would otherwise be imposed by careful editing; as an example, see the scene in which Maciek is underneath the staircase in the lobby of the hotel towards the end of the film, or the final "Polish" dance scene.

I would highly recommend some research into the political transitions of Poland in the years directly following WWI before viewing this film for the first time; this film was made for a particular audience who clearly understood certain cultural and historical references that a modern Western audience will inevitably miss (ie. "Were you in Warsaw?"). The thematic and emotional complexity of the film is also enhanced by an understanding of Polish history. I would highly recommend this film for any class examining Eastern Europe or Soviet Russia (which is the context in which I was introduced to this film in particular), or to anyone who would like to better understand the complexity of Cold War politics from a perspective behind the Iron Curtain.

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