A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
The beauty and power of this film take my breath away.
Basada en la novela homónima escrita por Jerzy Andrzejewski una década antes (1948), asistimos al film que supone la tercera entrega de la trilogía de la guerra dirigida por Andrzej Wajda, sirviendo de broche final a sus predecesoras: ‘Generación’ (1955) y ‘Canal’ (1957).
En la aparente simpleza del planteamiento inicial así como en su desarrollo a lo largo de un mismo día, el 8 de mayo de 1945, y poco más que un hotel como único escenario, reside parte de la grandeza que encontramos tanto en la forma como en el fondo de la obra de Wajda.
Al principio todo parece fácil para Maciek (Zbigniew Cybulski) y Andrzej (Adam Pawlikowski), pertenecientes al Ejercito Nacional, o Armia Krajowa: les basta con…
Part 3 of Wajda's War Trilogy. This one is considered the best, but I was a little disappointed. I really enjoyed it, but I was expecting to be blown away. It definitely looks the best and has some of the best acting of the three films. This film takes place the day the Nazi's surrendered and now the Polish are fighting each other for control of their war torn country.Cybulski is great as a man who is tired of fighting and ready to move on with the rest of his life. I think the problem I had was with the ending and how unnecessary it was or how it could have easily been done better. I also knew how the film ended and that took away from it also.This film is consistently better, but Kanal is a stronger film with a mediocre first half hour.
It's no Kanal.
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.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.