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Plot: It’s May 1945, and Nazi Germany has just surrendered. The war is over, but not in Poland. As the German soldiers vacate, the remaining Russian forces and Polish resistance fighters must work out the hierarchies of power in “liberated” Communist Poland. A Polish assassin is given orders to kill a Russian soldier whom he, days before, was fighting alongside, and this moral conflict makes him question the goals for which he has been fighting.
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A profoundly moving viewing experience of uncommon depth and originality.
Not having previously seen any of acclaimed, academy award-winning filmmaker Andrzej Wadja’s earlier works, I watched his iconic, ground-breaking WW2 masterpiece ‘Ashes & Diamonds’ (1958) with especially avid interest. Sometimes it can be considerably more rewarding to jump into an unfamiliar classic totally blind and in the specific case of Andrzej Wadja’s simply stunning ‘Ashes & Diamonds’ my cinematic curiosity was richly rewarded with a profoundly moving viewing experience of uncommon depth and originality.
Such a potently expressed, dramatically oblique film that dealt so unsentimentally about the unprecedented emotional/political schism brought on by the conclusion of WW2 and the tumultuous internecine squabbling over the inevitably disordered reclamation of a brutally beleaguered, war-ravaged, politically fractured nation would make for anything but easy viewing and ‘Ashes & Diamonds’ is grimly uneasy fare, the tone deliberately and fascinatingly discombobulating, there are no trite answers and the three-dimensional characters actions are initially hard to digest, their motivations sometimes obscure, impenetrable, no less confounding and questionable than our own petty intrigues.
The immaculately written, miraculously layered script by novelist Jerzy Andrzejewski is an extraordinary dramatic achievement of itself as are the vividly expressionistic visuals by supremely gifted director Wadja alongside his no less eloquent DP, the extraordinary talented Jerzy Wójcik create a striking series of elegiac images that all too uncomfortably suggest unimaginable horrors borne of an all too recent war, but truly it is the febrile, deliciously quixotic performance by Zbigniew Hubert Cybulski as incendiary, machine-gun brandishing protagonist Maciek Chelmicki, whose explosive, oscillatory nature vividly expresses the sheer, multifarious insanity of not only having surviving the innumerable savageries of war itself but the ever mounting, debilitating existential conflict borne from Chelmicki’s sudden, unexpectedly burgeoning intimate relationship with the disarmingly beautiful Krystyna (Ewa Krzyzewska), the charmingly ingenuous waitress working at the fateful hotel ‘Metropol’ where this expressly dark, morally complex story simmers unsettlingly to boiling point.
Blessed with such an engagingly literate screenplay sublime full-blooded performances from a notably exceptional cast, the fact that ‘Ashes & Diamonds’ remains an exquisitely visual experience merely adds to the exemplary film’s considerable mystique. Not since unsuspectedly viewing ‘La bete’ in a packed rep cinema has a film’s vibrant imagery enthralled me with such extraordinary temerity.
Original Language pl
Runtime 1 hr 43 min (103 min), 1 hr 35 min (95 min) (original: 108′) (West Germany)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Drama, Romance, War
Director Andrzej Wajda
Writer Jerzy Andrzejewski, Andrzej Wajda
Actors Zbigniew Cybulski, Ewa Krzyzewska, Waclaw Zastrzezynski
Awards 1 win & 2 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.66 : 1
Laboratory Wytwórnia Filmów Fabularnych, Lodz, Poland
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm