Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 69: Friday Mar 9

Ashes and Diamonds (Wajda, 1958): Polish Film Festival, Riverside Studios, 6.20pm

This classic movie opens the Polish Film Festival at Riverside Studios. Here's the cinema's introduction the the season: The annual Kinoteka Polish Film Festival returns with a special 10th anniversary programme. Bringing to Riverside Studios the best of new Polish cinema and asking ten world renowned British and Polish filmmakers, including Andrzej Wajda, Pawel Pawlikowski, Ken Loach and Nicolas Roeg to choose their favourite Polish films. You can find all the details of the film's screening at the Festival here.

Chicago Reader review:
'One of the first works of the Polish New Wave, Andrzej Wajda's 1958 film is a compelling piece, although it's been somewhat overrated by critics who considered its story of a resistance fighter's ideological struggle as a cagey bit of anti-Soviet propaganda, and hence automatically admirable. Following the art cinema technique of the time, Wajda tends toward harsh and overstated imagery, but he achieves a fascinating psychological rapport with his lead actor, Zbigniew Cybulski—who was known as Poland's James Dean.' Dave Kehr 
Here is the trailer.

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