(Andrzej Wajda, 1958). The key Eastern European movie of the 1950s, Andrzej Wajda’s precocious masterpiece casts his nation’s James Dean as a mixed up assassin. Although this baroque action movie is set in the tragic new world of Poland’s post-liberation civil war, it telegraphs the convulsions that shook the Soviet bloc in the wake of Khrushchev’s “secret... More >>>