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Ashes and Diamonds
Maciek and Andrzej, two home army fighters, were paired and ordered to kill an incoming communist party cadre. At the hotel where their target's welcoming party is being held. Maciek meets the barmaid Krystyna and the two have a brief, passionate affair, before he is pulled away from this fleeting happiness into his deadly mission.
The third and last chapter of Andrzej Wajda's thematic (wartime) trilogy (coming after A Generation and Kanal), Ashes and Diamonds, a study on the political and social chaos felt at the end of the WWII, follows the story of Maciek (the protagonist) and Andrzej, who are sent to kill a Polish Communist leader in the last day of the Second World War (in fact, the film is set within one single day, which is the famous day of Germany's surrender). A film that can be seen as a piece of anti-Soviet propaganda, Ashes and Diamonds is, simply put, a masterwork.
It's impossible to not to admire a film that's so fun and yet, feels so relevant, this is what happens…
War torn Poland is the setting for this tale about the power of love. Romantic love and love of country.
Maciek is one cool dude. He wears tinted glasses, a military coat, and a devil-may-care hair style. He is a Polish Peter Fonda. We are introduced to Maciek as he is attempting to assassinate a political figure. He is part of an underground revolution movement. I say attempting because the people he brutally kills end up being the wrong people. They were just passing through the wrong place at the wrong time.
Maciek soon discovers his mistake and volunteers to right his wrong by killing the correct man latter that night. That is, until he meets Krystyna. She is a…
End of an era
Looking into the unknown.
Shifting alliances push for power
While the young search for meaning.
Seen as part of a selection of Polish films by Martin Scorsese, and at the risk of triteness I can see a lot of this movie's influence on his work - the mix of flashy, old Hollywood expressionism with cold, hard reality with a liberal dose of religious imagery is pretty close to his signature style.
It also reminded me of von Sternberg, particularly in a gorgeous sequence made up exclusively of a series of close-ups of two lovers' faces (sorry for using the word "lovers" but as they say, sometimes "lovers" is all we have). But the visuals in this are flat-out gorgeous throughout, so much so that I kept waiting for them to detach from the narrative and fly off of this Earth completely.
“So often, are you as a blazing torch with flames
of burning rags falling about you flaming,
you know not if flames bring freedom or death.
Consuming all that you must cherish
if ashes only will be left, and want Chaos and tempest
Or will the ashes hold the glory of a starlike diamond
The Morning Star of everlasting triumph.”
Cyprian Norwid's poem contains the life of this film all in a few short verses. It summarizes everything that Wajda wanted to translate to his audience. This is the third and final film in his famous war trilogy and while I personally do not think its the best of the three it is still a bold statement to end with.…
Andrzej Wajda frames Polish youth in the fog of post-war disillusion as they rub up against the old guard in the shifting sands of the newly liberated Communist Poland. With an assassination plot in full force from the opening frames, we are drawn into the world of a young partly cool, partly goofy hit-man named Maciek as he battles a moral quandary about his nominated profession and the job at hand. Many scenes and shots are rich and iconic, with some being downright jaw-dropping (The fireworks scene comes to mind), but ultimately it didn't do quite enough for me on one viewing to fly its flag as high as gunrunners like Martin Scorsese who lists it as one of the…
A captivating drama from director Andrzej Wajda.
A beautifully haunting film. An expertly written tragedy and social commentary thats last scene could bring a grown man to tears. Taking place in the span of one day; the day that Germany officially surrendered to the Allies in WWII. This film's protagonist Maciek is a member of the Polish resistance and although the war is done, the Polish resistance still wants a free Poland so he is assigned to kill Russian Communist leaders controlling Poland instead of the German Nazi leaders controlling Poland. He meets a beautiful barmaid at the hotel where his target is staying and in one night, he falls in love and re-evaluates his entire life. The character archs and plot/subplot archs in this story are exceptional. The editing and direction and cinematography are all absolute money. This is one my new favorite films of all time.
خلق روابطی شاعرانه برای لهستانی جنگ زده.کومونیست و دموکرات.عشق یا وظیفه ی حزبی؟این است درونمایه ی شاهکار آندره وایدا کارگردان پیشروی سینمای نوی لهستان
شاید با توجه به این مضمون اول فکر کنیم با یه فیلم هیچکاکی طرفیم چون به شدت میشه تعلیق و داستان کارگاهی رو براش متصور شد درحالی که اینطور نیست.دید بی طرف وایدا به وضعیت لهستان بعد از جنگ و حالا سرانجام روابط انسانی فیلم رو از این وضعیت درمیاره که نگیم فیلم هیچکاکیست.البته پیشبینی وایدا از سرانجام روابط انسانی و عشق سرانجام تلخیست.به قول اون ضرب المثل معروف حکایت شخصیت اصلی درمانده بین انتخاب عشق یا وظیفه ی حزبی میشود ااز اینجا رانده و از آنجا مانده.او به هیچکدام نمیرسد.
Proto nouvelle vague about a polish James Dean that romances a girl, and spents the whole movie slowly talking about life or something. Not my cup of tea.
Last and best of Andrzej Wajda's WWII trilogy about occupied Poland starts on the day the Nazis surrender. Special.
Maciek and Andrzej are Polish nationalist partisans, tasked with killing Polish communist partisans as the Germans surrender. After killing the wrong men they wait for another opportunity, make plans on what to do next and steal a night of love with the barmaid of the hotel hosting the communist officers.
A stunning film that hits you again and again as it tears apart your preconceptions of what a Polish film in 1958 could be allowed to be. Nuanced about communism and nationalism, frighteningly modern, owing a huge debt to the Nouvelle Vague but clearly rooted in something Polish. Fun, fun in exactly all the ways you would expect an American movie about two hitmen who get the wrong target and…
The last 20 minutes of this film are imbued with some otherworldly essence that knocked the breath out of me. It's not like the rest of the film wasn't excellent--it definitely is. But the last 20 minutes are divine, for all kinds of reasons. Tonally, it's operating with a perfect fusion of societal nostalghia and personal dread, all while 'nailing the dismount' on the rest of the film's brilliant, hyper-confident style. Really great. I'm looking forward to a second viewing.
"God, life can be so beautiful sometimes."
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