Ashes and Diamonds

TitleAshes and Diamonds
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1958
AuthorsWajda, Andrzej
Running Time93 minutes (original cut); 105 minutes (extended cut)
Date Released1958
Publication Languagepolish

Widely considered to be the best Polish film of all time and a landmark in world cinema, director Andrzej Wajda's Ashes and Diamonds explores the fractured national identity of war-torn Poland. At the very end of World War II, Maciek, a soldier of the Home Army, questions his orders to assassinate the incoming communist Commissar of a small town. Maciek's internal battle symbolizes the larger Polish struggle to find autonomy after German occupation in World War II and in the midst of Soviet influence in the Cold War. 


Zbigniew Cybulski

Ewa Krzyżewska

Wacław Zastrzeżyński

Adam Pawlikowski

Bogumił Kobiela

Jan Ciecierski

Stanisław Milski


Produced by Roman Mann

Directed by Andrzej Wajda

Written by Jerzy Andrzejewski

Music by Filip Nowak


Drama, Romance, War

Original PublicationPopiol I Diament
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The third film in Andrzej Wajda’s World War II triology, preceded by A Generation and Kanal.

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