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WAJDA (1926-2016) In collaboration with MIFF "From the Vault" ASHES AND DIAMONDS

  • 09 Mar 2017
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Miami Beach Cinematheque at Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave, South Beach
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THU, MAR 09, 6:30p:

In collaboration with MIFF

“From the Vault”

WAJDA! (1926-2016)


Directed by ANDRZEJ WAJDA/Poland/1958/1hr, 43mins.

With Zbigniew Cybulski, Ewa Krzyzewska, Waclaw Zastrzezynski

ASHES AND DIAMONDS program, 1958, Yugoslavia, MBC Archive 

May, 1945. Germany has surrendered. In a small Polish town two soldiers are ordered to assassinate a communist commissar searching for his son. In the midst of the assassination attempt one of the soldiers becomes infatuated with a barmaid. As the fateful hour grows closer each of these characters will be drawn closer to some decisive realization. Originally released in 1958, Andrzej Wajda’s Ashes and Diamonds is a bracing yet romantic war film that surveys the ways in which the dousing of one conflict can lead to the kindling of others. We are honored to offer this memorial screening of one of the late Polish master’s most revered works.-MIFF

 (In Polish with English subtitles)

Ashes and Diamonds has rightly been lauded as one of the finest of postwar East-Central European films, and the most vital work of the Polish School… It is salutary, however, to remember how much controversy has dogged the film within Poland itself…to deal with the Polish Home Army’s resistance against the incoming, Soviet-backed Communist regime and yet satisfy both the Polish populace who held that army dear and a Communist party that wielded powers of censorship, even though it had renounced a Stalinist rigor of repression. Criticize the Home Army too strongly and the audience will turn on you; offend the regime, and your film might be amputated or aborted. (Wajda himself reports efforts to remove Maciek’s death scene going right down to the wire of the first screening.)-Paul Coates, Criterion

Introduced by Indie Ethos Film Critic Hans Morgenstern

Come early to view the MBC Polish graphics exhibition

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