On the last day of World War Two in a small town somewhere in Poland, Polish exiles of war and the occupying Soviet forces confront the beginning of a new day and a new Poland. In this incendiary environment we find Home Army soldier Maciek Chelmicki, who has been ordered to assassinate an incoming commissar. But a mistake stalls his progress and leads him to Krystyna, a beautiful barmaid who gives him a glimpse of what his life could be. Gorgeously photographed and brilliantly performed, Ashes and Diamonds masterfully interweaves the fate of a nation with that of one man, resulting in one of the most important Polish films of all time.
Arrow Academy presents Andrzej Wajda's masterpiece Ashes and Diamonds on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK.
* Artwork subject to change
Dual Format Edition: includes both the Blu-ray and the DVD of the film and the extras:
Interviews and a new booklet written by Eastern European cinema expert
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Ashes and Diamonds
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 13/12/2011 01:07:08
Time has blunted the effectiveness of Wajda's partisan polemic, rendering it now into a talky and fairly inert account of how the Poles reacted to the news that WWII was over and the Nazi aggressors had been beaten. Interestingly, they reacted with more terrorism, as Cybulski hides out in a hotel to assassinate a minor political player. Whilst doing so, he falls in love with a waitress and a lot of sitting around and talking ensues. There are some ravishing visual images amongst the chatter, noticeably in a very bleak ending but it's still pretty hard going.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: RJNeb2 on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
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