Ashes and Diamonds

Ashes and Diamonds

Directed by Andrzej Wajda • 1958 • Poland

On the last day of World War II in a small town somewhere in Poland, Polish exiles of war and the occupying Soviet forces confront the beginning of a new day and a new Poland. In this incendiary environment we find Home Army soldier Maciek Chelmicki, who has been ordered to assassinate an incoming 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. Gorgeously photographed and brilliantly performed, ASHES AND DIAMONDS masterfully interweaves the fate of a nation with that of one man, resulting in one of the most important Polish films of all time.

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Ashes and Diamonds
  • Ashes and Diamonds

    Directed by Andrzej Wajda • 1958 • Poland

    On the last day of World War II in a small town somewhere in Poland, Polish exiles of war and the occupying Soviet forces confront the beginning of a new day and a new Poland. In this incendiary environment we find Home Army soldier Maciek Chelmicki, who...

Extras

  • On ASHES AND DIAMONDS

    These interviews were recorded in December 2003 at Andrzej Wajda’s School of Directing, in Warsaw. In them, Wajda is accompanied by his colleague Janusz “Kuba” Morgenstern and film critic Jerzy Plazewski.

  • Behind-the-Scenes Newsreel

    This short newsreel appeared in Polish cinemas in 1958 to announce the coming of Andrzej Wajda’s much anticipated third film, ASHES AND DIAMONDS.