My task as director is not just to provide a nice evening’s entertainment. The most important thing is to make people think.
— Andrej Wajda, Academy Award Tribute
The Horrors of Nazism and the Tragedies of Communism
Our movie this month, Ashes and Diamonds (1958), brings the horrors of Nazism and the tragedies of Communism to the screen.
The story takes place over a twelve-hour period in Poland at the end of World War II. It is about a young Polish soldier who fought with the Resistance, and is ordered to assassinate a high-ranking Communist figure, a member of the new government of Poland. Drama, irony, romance, and unexpected twists give the viewers a thought-provoking experience.