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Ashes and Diamonds

Ashes and Diamonds

Ashes and Diamonds

1958 / 103min / DCP

DIRECTOR: ANDREJ WAJDA

On the occasion of his one-hundredth birthday, I asked legendary screenwriter Walter Bernstein (Fail Safe, The Magnificent Seven, The Front, The Molly Maguires, That Kind of Woman) to choose a film dear to him that he would like to share— either one he has been involved with in his decades-long career (including the many years he worked pseudonymously while blacklisted during the McCarthy era) or one he simply loves. He chose Ashes and Diamonds, Andrej Wajda’s searing 1958 masterpiece about a young Polish Nationalist Army assassin, tasked in the last days of World War 2 to kill a communist official. Please join Walter Bernstein for this special screening in honor of his hundredth birthday.—James Schamus