Ashes and Diamonds (Popiół i diament)

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Ashes and Diamonds (Popiół i diament)


Sunday Apr 30 04:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $8.00
General Admission: $10.00


About the Film:

Part of the Andrzej Wajda Tribute

Directed by Andrzej Wajda. Poland. 1958. 103 min. Polish with English subtitles.

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.

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