Popioly (1965) AKA The Ashes

In 19th-century Poland, young nobleman Rafal Olbromski grows up amid slavery, poverty and fractures between classes. He also witnesses the death by duel of his brother, after which he joins the military and begins fighting under the leadership of Napoleon Bonaparte. As Olbromski rises to general, the Polish legion carries out numerous violent, sometimes excessively brutal, sieges, all in the hopes of gaining freedom for their oppressed homeland.

Director: Andrzej Wajda. AKA The Ashes
Stars: Daniel Olbrychski, Boguslaw Kierc, Piotr Wysocki, Beata Tyszkiewicz, Pola Raksa, Wladyslaw Hancza, Jan Swiderski, Jan Koecher, Zbigniew Sawan, Józef Duriasz, Zbigniew Józefowicz, Janusz Zakrzenski, Stanislaw Zaczyk, Zofia Saretok.

1966 Cannes Film Festival – Nominated for the Palme d’Or.


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  1. Jarvis
    December 2, 2019

    Amazing addition, Jon! Although a fan of Wajda’s work, ‘Popioly’ has been very difficult t0 re-watch, since 20+ years now….So, I am grateful for this opportunity!

  2. Lemmy
    December 2, 2019

    Still giving us the good stuff!! Cheers Jon!

  3. December 4, 2019

    not a great fan of wajda, but this was astonishing!

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