Popiól i diament (Ashes and Diamonds)
Popiól i diament (Ashes and Diamonds) (1958)

Two men are hired to kill a top Communist official in the aftermath of World War II.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 3, 1958
DVD Release Date: November 18, 2003
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

Honest, brutally powerful and often shocking.

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Time Out

Wajda's way is the sweet smell of excess, but some scenes remain powerfully memorable -- the lighting of drinks on the bar, the upturned Christ in a bombed church, and Cybulski's prolonged death agonies at the close.

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TV Guide

Richly composed and photographed, with atmosphere aplenty, Ashes and Diamonds suffers somewhat from an excess of loose plot ends and of underdeveloped characters, perhaps a consequence of having been based on a prestigious novel.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

Only Wajda, though, could muster such a mood, with everyone feeding on smoke and booze, and the assembled company, at the end, dancing to a cracked polonaise.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Zbigniew Cybulski as the hero is sensitive, attractive and alert -- a lad with humor and compassion. One is strongly drawn to him.

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Derek Malcolm

Wajda's deeply romantic and personal vision, inspired by both Italian neo-realism and by the more baroque images of Expressionism, makes Ashes and Diamonds a gripping experience.

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Variety Staff

Taut thriller about immediate postwar Poland also has a heavier theme of the futility of killing and violence. Its technical knowhow, fine acting and directorial prowess make this an above average drama.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Wajda tends toward harsh and overstated imagery, but he achieves a fascinating psychological rapport with his lead actor, Zbigniew Cybulski.

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Alexander Walker
London Evening Standard

When you watch Ashes And Diamonds, remember, you're not just seeing a film: you're looking at a manifesto that has found a voice and a face and speaks for a whole deceived generation.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhăes
A wicked intelligent and even hilarious political commentary with a sublime cinematography and a marvelous direction - which is noticeable from the applaudable… More
cody franklin
Part 3 of Wajda's War Trilogy. This one is considered the best, but I was a little disappointed. I really enjoyed it, but I was expecting to be blown away.… More
Tim Sigur
Cool fucking movie!
Dimitris Springer
Stupendous work from Wajda.Impressive and too much of art class,nevertheless the finale and the discussion scene with the "crucifixion" statue will… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic][color=darkred]"Ashes and Diamonds" is a 1958 Polish film directed by Andrzej Wajda. It starts out with a botched assassination… More
Emily B.
The final part of Andrzej Wajda's War Trilogy. Some say this is the best of the three but I prefer the previous film Kanal.