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Ashes and Diamonds (1958) More at IMDbPro »Popiól i diament (original title)

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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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A Drama of Political Assassination See more »
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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Surely the most mature of the trilogy See more (39 total) »

Cast

  (Cast overview, first billed only)

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 (as Z. Czerwinska)
Wiktor Grotowicz ... Franek Pawlicki (as W. Grotowicz)
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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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Because of the film's nihilistic tone, the Polish authorities were not keen on it being exhibited outside of the country. Until a low-level official had a print shipped out to the Venice Film Festival where it played to great acclaim.See more »
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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 Sygnowane Andrzej Wajda (1989)See more »
Soundtrack:
Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53See more »

22 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Surely the most mature of the trilogy, 21 October 1999
Author: allyjack from toronto

Surely the most mature of the trilogy; it's certainly the most elliptical and stylistically audacious. At the start, Cybulski is a laidback, coldly cynical assassin who lolls on his back in a field waiting to carry out his latest hit; suffering a crisis of confidence in light of his awakening love for a woman, he flirts with desertion before resigning himself to the demands of his position. His personal journey speaks eloquently to the national trauma, and he's just the most prominent in a complex collection of transition figures, caught on the official last night of the war, now looking forward but not yet able to escape the ravages of war and the attendant moral and psychological confusion, not yet free of potential victimhood (like the mayor's assistant who on learning of his boss' promotion drinks excessively in celebration of his own presumed advancement, but in his disruptive drunkenness kills off what future he had). The ending, intercutting a personal tragedy with the dancers doing the elegant polannaise in the streaming light of dawn, like disembodied Felliniesque figures, perfectly encapsulates the film's mix of toughness and allusiveness.

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