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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