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The Ashes (1965)

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Set in the time of Napoleon wars, shows how the wars swept over the unfortunate Polish country at the beginning of the 19th century. Story revolves around the Polish legion under command of... See full summary »

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Andrzej Wajda
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Olbrychski ... Rafal Olbromski
Boguslaw Kierc Boguslaw Kierc ... Krzysztof Cedro
Piotr Wysocki Piotr Wysocki ... Jan Gintult
Beata Tyszkiewicz ... Princess Elzbieta
Pola Raksa ... Helena de With
Wladyslaw Hancza ... Rafal's Father
Jan Swiderski ... General Sokolnicki
Jan Koecher ... General de With
Zbigniew Sawan ... Krzysztof's Father
Józef Duriasz ... Piotr Olbromski
Zbigniew Józefowicz ... Michcik
Janusz Zakrzenski ... Napoleon Bonaparte
Józef Nalberczak ... Soldier Wanderer
Stanislaw Zaczyk ... Józef Poniatowski
Zofia Saretok ... Helena's Aunt
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Set in the time of Napoleon wars, shows how the wars swept over the unfortunate Polish country at the beginning of the 19th century. Story revolves around the Polish legion under command of General Dabrowski, who then fought on Napoleon's side with the hopes of Poland's revival. Written by Polish Cinema Database <http://info.fuw.edu.pl/Filmy/>

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Drama | History | War

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Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish | French | German | Spanish | Latin

Release Date:

25 September 1965 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ashes See more »

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Production Co:

Film Polski See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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More war madness from Wajda.
6 February 2003 | by DukeEmanSee all my reviews

This review applies to the butchered version, not the original 234 minute version. The first half follows the exploits of Rafal, a peasant farmer who hangs out with the flamboyant aristocrats during Napoleon's sweep over Europe. Only in the second half does the film pick up with the battle scenes as Wajda's surreal interpretation enters the massacre of the Spaniards. The black and white photography is absolutely beautiful if you can see it on a decent print and the right screen ratio.


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