Ashes and Diamonds

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Ashes and Diamonds

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It's May 1945, and Nazi Germany has just surrendered. The war is over, but not in Poland. As the German soldiers vacate, the remaining Russian forces and Polish resistance fighters must work out the hierarchies of power in "liberated" Communist Poland. A Polish assassin (Zbigniew Cybulski) is given orders to kill a Russian soldier (Waclaw Zastrzezynsky) whom he, days before, was fighting alongside, and this moral conflict makes him question the goals for which he has been fighting.

Release details

Release date: Monday May 29 1961
Duration: 100 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Andrzej Wajda
Screenwriter: Andrzej Wajda, Jerzy Andrzejewski
Cast: Zbigniew Cybulski
Ewa Krzyzewska
Adam Pawlikowski
Bogumil Kobiela
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