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Ashes & Diamonds

Ashes & Diamonds
Product Code: FCD1123
Availability: In Stock
Release Date: 11th May 2015
Price: £13.99
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Format: Blu-ray
Starring: Zbigniew Cybulski, Eva Krzyzewski, Adam Pawlikowski
Directed by: Andrzej Wajda
Synopsis: 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.
  • 2K resolution restoration of the film from original 35mm elements
  • Original uncompressed mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Interview with director Andrzej Wajda
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Samuel Webster
Region: ABC
Rating: 12
Cat No: FCD1123
Duration: 103 mins
Language: Polish
Subtitles: English (Optional)
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Audio: 2.0 uncompressed LPCM Audio
Colour: Black & White
Tags: War, World, Drama