Andrzej Wajda

Ashes and Diamonds

Ashes and Diamonds

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.

Film Info

  • Andrzej Wajda
  • Poland
  • 1958
  • 103 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.66:1
  • Polish
  • Spine #285

Special 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

Available In

Collector's Set

Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films

Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films

DVD Box Set

50 Discs

$650.00

Collector's Set

Andrzej Wajda: Three War Films

Andrzej Wajda: Three War Films

DVD Box Set

3 Discs

$63.96

Special 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
Ashes and Diamonds
Cast
Zbigniew Cybulski
Maciek Chelmicki
Ewa Krzyzewska
Krystyna
Waclaw Zastrzezynski
Szczuka
Adam Pawlikowski
Andrzej
Bogumil Kobiela
Drewnowski
Jan Ciecierski
Porter
Stanislaw Milski
Pieniazek
Artur Mlodnicki
Kotowicz
Halina Kwiatkowska
Mrs. Staniewicz
Ignacy Machowski
Major Florian
Zbigniew Skowronski
Slomka
Barbara Krafftowna
Stefka
Credits
Director
Andrzej Wajda
Screenplay
Andrzej Wajda
Screenplay
Jerzy Andrzejewski
Cinematography
Jerzy Wojcik
Editing
Halina Nawrocka
Based on the novel by
Jerzy Andrzejewski
Sound
Bogdan Bienkowski
Music conducted by
Filip Nowak
Production design
Roman Mann
Camera
Krzsztof Winiewicz
Camera
Bogdan Myslinski
Camera
Jerzy Szurowski
Camera
Zygmunt Krusznicki
Camera
Wieslaw Zdort

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