Taut thriller [from the novel by Jerzy Andrzejewski] about immediate postwar Poland also has a heavier theme of the futility of killing and violence. Its technical knowhow, fine acting and directorial prowess make this an above average drama.

Taut thriller [from the novel by Jerzy Andrzejewski] about immediate postwar Poland also has a heavier theme of the futility of killing and violence. Its technical knowhow, fine acting and directorial prowess make this an above average drama.

It concerns two men told to kill a top communist on the last day of the war. They represent the pre-war Polski ruling forces. Film details the eventual murder and the ironic death of the murderer.

Director Andrzej Wajda is masterly in composing atmosphere and gets fine performances, especially from Zbigniew Cybulski as the erratic young killer. But it is somewhat overdone in expressionistic bravura.

However, sharp direction, theme and insight into a changing Poland of the period lend it additional hypo factors.

Ashes and Diamonds

Poland

Production

Kadr. Director Andrzej Wajda; Screenplay Jerzy Andrzejewski, Andrzej Wajda; Camera Jerzy Wojcik; Editor Halina Nawrocka; Music Jan Krenz; Art Director Roman Mann

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1958. Running time: 106 MIN.

With

Zbigniew Cybulski Ewa Krzyzewska Adam Pawlikowski Waclaw Zastrzezynski Bogumil Kobiela Jan Ciecierski
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