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Ashes and Diamonds

Andrzej Wajda

 
Ashes and Diamonds (Essential Art House DVD)

Essential Art House DVD

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  • Poland
  • 1958
  • 103 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.66:1
  • Polish
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  • Spine #285

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.

Disc Features

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary by film scholar Annette Insdorf
  • Andrzej Wajda: On Ashes and Diamonds, a 35-minute exclusive new interview with the director, second director Janusz Morgenstern, and film critic Jerzy Plazewski
  • Vintage newsreel footage on the making of Ashes and Diamonds
  • Rare behind-the-scenes production photos, publicity stills, and posters
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A new essay by film scholar Paul Coates

Film Essays

Ashes and Diamonds

By Paul CoatesApril 15, 2005

Ashes and Diamonds has rightly been lauded as one of the finest of postwar East-Central . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Ashes and Diamonds

By Daniel GerouldNovember 15, 1994

Andrzej Wajda’s third full-length film, Ashes and Diamonds (Popiol y diament) established the . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

The Poster Art of Hans Hillmann

By Sarah HabibiMay 12, 2014


Web Exclusives

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Flashback: Andrzej Wajda

By Peter CowieSeptember 30, 2013

The author describes his interactions with the great Polish filmmaker. Read more »


Film Essays

Ashes and Diamonds

By Paul CoatesApril 15, 2005

Ashes and Diamonds has rightly been lauded as one of the finest of postwar East-Central . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Ashes and Diamonds

By Daniel GerouldNovember 15, 1994

Andrzej Wajda’s third full-length film, Ashes and Diamonds (Popiol y diament) established the . . . Read more »