Ashes and Diamonds


(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 speech.”

Fri., Oct. 17, 2:45 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 19, 4:50 p.m., 2008

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