Synopses & Reviews
The commanding, charismatic Zbigniew Cybulski explodes on screen as Maciek, a Polish soldier who, on the last day of World War II, is ordered to assassinate a Soviet leader who has arrived in town to establish a new government. Directed with stunning dexterity and inventiveness by the visionary Andrzej Wajda, Ashes and Diamonds was the ultimate film expression of Poland's postwar identity crisis and a vital work of a nation's emerging cinema. In Polish with English subtitles. The Criterion Collection.