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Ashes And Diamonds / Popiol Y Diament

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Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
9.00 /10
Zbigniew Cybulski , Ewa Krzyzanowska, Adam Pawlikowski
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Directed by: Andrzej Wajda
Written by: Andrzej Wajda , from Jerzy Andrzejewski's novel

Released: 1959
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: Poland
Length: 109


After World War II, a Polish partisan (Zbigniew Cybulski) is confused by the need to carry on fighting in peacetime.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Third section of Wajda's "war trilogy", the other parts being A Generation (1954) and Kanal (1957). Cybulski was hailed as the "Polish James Dean" for his memorable portrait of a crazy, mixed up Partisan; but Ashes and Diamonds is more mature, interesting and incisive than Dean's pictures. This rebel has a cause; the trouble is that the cause keeps changing - and causes have unfortunate effects. Many consider the film a masterpiece, but it has a long dullish stretch in the middle.

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