Drama, Foreign, Romance, War
Screens Saturday, December 29th at 430pm as part of Masterpieces Of Polish Cinema at the Sie FilmCenter!
A masterpiece of Polish cinema, the 1958 drama Ashes and Diamonds is perhaps the best internationally known work of the director Andrzej Wajda. It's May 8th, 1945, and Nazi Germany has just surrendered. The war is over, but not in Poland. As the German army scatters and retreats, the remaining Russian forces and Polish resistance fighters must work out the hierarchies of power in "liberated" Communist Poland. A member of the Polish underground, Maciek, is given orders to assassinate an incoming secretary of the Communist Party. Coincidence causes him to kill the wrong man. To correct his mistake, he must kill again. Meanwhile he meets Krystyna, a girl who works in the bar at a hotel restaurant. As his feelings for her deepen, so does his feeling of the senselessness of killing when the war has ended. Through the performance of Zbigniew Cybulski, often called “the Polish James Dean”, film introduces one of the iconic anti-heroes of international cinema.
This program is made possible with generous support from the Polish Government and Cultural Fund