Ashes & Diamonds (UK-import) (Blu-ray + DVD)

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Regarded as one of the greatest of all Polish films from its premiere in October 1958, Andrzej Wajda’s third feature Ashes and Diamonds retains that stature over half a century later.

The entire film takes place on 8 May 1945, when the war in Europe ended with Germany’s formal surrender – but while other countries celebrated, Poland’s postwar power struggle was only just beginning. In depicting the various factions jockeying for position, including ambitious Communists, aristocratic patriots, cynical journalists and anti-Nazi rebels recently emerged from the Warsaw sewers, Wajda brilliantly anatomises a riven country desperately trying to find its identity at a time when a fifth of its population had recently been killed and many more driven into exile. Maciek Chelmicki (Zbigniew Cybulski) embodies this conflict: outwardly a calculating assassin, his ultra-cool façade begins to crack when he badly botches a mission, falls in love with the barmaid Krystyna (Ewa Krzyzewska) and dares to dream of a life outside the armed resistance that’s characterised his entire adult life. His all too human indecision makes him Polish culture’s Hamlet, and Cybulski’s performance remains iconic to this day.

Bonusmateriale

  • Interview with director Andrzej Wajda on ‘Ashes & Diamonds’
  • Comprehensive booklet by writer and film historian Michael Brooke, including new writing on the film, a re-print of Marek Hendrykowsk’s monograph on ‘Ashes & Diamonds’, Andrzej Wajda’s lecture on ‘Cinema Past and Present’ and more!

Produktfakta

Produksjonsår 1958 Utgitt 2011
Format Blu-ray + DVD Sone Sone B
Sjanger Krigsfilm Antall disker 2
Spilletid 1 timer 43 minutter Aldersgrense 15
Undertekster Engelsk Lydformater PCM 1.0 (Polsk)
Bildeformater Sort/Hvitt, Widescreen 1.66:1 Regissør Andrzej Wajda
Skuespillere Ewa Krzyzewska, Waclaw Zastrzezynski, Zbigniew Cybulski Bestillingsnummer FCD483
Leverandør Gardners

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