Ashes And Diamonds (Blu-Ray & DVD)

Release Date: 24 October 2011 | Certificate: Suitable for 12 years and over
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Regarded as one of the greatest of all Polish films from its premiere in October 1958, Andrzej Wajda s third feature Ashes and Diamonds retains that stature over half a century later.

The entire film takes place on 8 May 1945, when the war in Europe ended with Germany s formal surrender but while other countries celebrated, Poland s postwar power struggle was only just beginning. In depicting the various factions jockeying for position, including ambitious Communists, aristocratic patriots, cynical journalists and anti-Nazi rebels recently emerged from the Warsaw sewers, Wajda brilliantly anatomises a riven country desperately trying to find its identity at a time when a fifth of its population had recently been killed and many more driven into exile. Maciek Chelmicki (Zbigniew Cybulski) embodies this conflict: outwardly a calculating assassin, his ultra-cool façade begins to crack when he badly botches a mission, falls in love with the barmaid Krystyna (Ewa Krzyzewska) and dares to dream of a life outside the armed resistance that s characterised his entire adult life. His all too human indecision makes him Polish culture s Hamlet, and Cybulski s performance remains iconic to this day.

Arrow Academy presents Andrzej Wajda s masterpiece on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK.

Release Date: 24 October 2011
Certificate: 12 - Suitable for Persons Aged 12 or Over

Region B
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 98 minutes
Production Year: 1958
Main Language: Polish
Subtitles: English

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Catalogue No: FCD483