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* {{Chiaroscuro}}: Some arty black-and-white lighting in this movie, like a scene right at the end where the hotel clerk is unfurling a Polish flag early in the morning, in the shadowy lobby of the hotel, as light streams in through the open front door.


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* GreatOffscreenWar: Poland, struggling to recover after the massive devastation of World War II. Maciek and the doorman talk about Warsaw, recently razed to the ground by the Germans. Maciek and Krystyna talk in the ruins of a bombed-out church. Communist soldiers march through the streets.


Part of Wajda's loose war trilogy that included ''Film/AGeneration'' and ''Film/{{Kanal}}''.

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Part of Wajda's loose war trilogy that included ''Film/AGeneration'' and ''Film/{{Kanal}}''.
''Film/{{Kanal}}''. A remarkable example of GettingCrapPastTheRadar, being a film that celebrated the anti-communist resistance of what was left of the Polish Home Army, made in 1958 during Communist rule in Poland.



* DayOfTheJackboot: Switching jackboots, as Soviet rule replaces Nazi rule in Poland. It's pretty remarkable that a film like this that took such a heroic view of the doomed anti-communist resistance was made in Poland in 1958.

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* DayOfTheJackboot: Switching jackboots, as Soviet rule replaces Nazi rule in Poland. It's pretty remarkable that a film like this that took such a heroic view of the doomed anti-communist resistance was made in Poland in 1958.



* TheDyingWalk: After Maciek shoot Szczuka four times, Szcuzuka staggers forward a few steps, right into Maciek, who catches him and embraces him as he dies.



* HeelFaceDoorSlam: Drewnowski tries to join the "cursed soldiers" at the end, only to get forcefully rejected by Andrzej, who gives him a few swift kicks to the ribs for good measur.e



* MoodDissonance: Szczuka staggers into Maciek's arms and dies. Immediately after this, as Maciek is still holding him up, a fireworks display goes off, celebrating the appointment of the mayor.



* ToAbsentFriends: As a woman softly sings "Czerwone Maki na Monte Cassino" in the background, Maciek and Andrzej commemorate their friends who fell in the Warsaw Uprising by lighting shots of vodka on fire, before downing the last two drinks themselves.

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* ToAbsentFriends: As a woman softly sings "Czerwone Maki na Monte Cassino" in the background, Maciek and Andrzej commemorate their friends who fell in the Warsaw Uprising by lighting shots of vodka on fire, before downing the last two drinks themselves.themselves.
* WhiteShirtOfDeath: With a bedsheet instead. Maciek has just gotten shot by sentries. He dashes into an open area where a bunch of laundered bedsheets have been hung to dry. He clutches one to his chest as he hides and is surprised to see a billowing bloodstain on it.

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* DayOfTheJackboot: Switching jackboots, as Soviet rule replaces Nazi rule in Poland. It's pretty remarkable that a film like this that took such a heroic view of the doomed anti-communist resistance was made in Poland in 1958.


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* TitleDrop: Maciek quotes from a patriotic poem by the Polish poet Norwid, about how the people fighting for a Polish homeland are like hemp burning into ash. The poet wonders "If only ashes will be left, and want chaos and tempest/Or will the ashes hold the glory of a starlike diamond/The Morning Star of everlasting triumph."


* DownerEnding: Maciek dies and Poland is doomed to Soviet domination.
* ExtremelyShortTimespan: Two days, May 8-9, 1945.



* TheNounAndTheNoun: ''Ashes and Diamonds''



* SignificantBackgroundEvent: While Andrzej confidently reports on the hotel lobby phone that Szczuka is dead, Szczuka can be seen entering the front door behind him.

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* SignificantBackgroundEvent: While Andrzej confidently reports on the hotel lobby phone that Szczuka is dead, Szczuka can be seen entering the front door behind him.him.
* SunglassesAtNight: Maciek, whose eyesight was damaged during the Warsaw Uprising.
* ToAbsentFriends: As a woman softly sings "Czerwone Maki na Monte Cassino" in the background, Maciek and Andrzej commemorate their friends who fell in the Warsaw Uprising by lighting shots of vodka on fire, before downing the last two drinks themselves.

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''Ashes and Diamonds'' (Popiół i diament) is a 1958 film directed by Creator/AndrzejWajda.

It is May 8, 1945, the last day of World War II. The Nazis were ejected from Poland months before but the Soviets are asserting control. Two "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cursed_soldiers cursed soldiers]]" of the anti-communist Polish Home Army, Maciek and Andrzej, have been sent to an unnamed town to assassinate the local Communist Party secretary, Szczuka. They ambush Szczuka's car and shoot him, then go into the town to report to a superior.

They find to their unpleasant surprise that they killed two random locals and Szczuka has arrived in town alive. Szczuka is there to attend a ceremony in honor of the new Communist mayor, Slomka. Maciek and Andrzej have an ace in the hole in the form of Drewnowski, Slomka's assistant, who is giving them inside information. The two men get a room in the same hotel as Szczuka and wait for a second chance. Meanwhile, Szczuka is looking for the son he hasn't seen for years (they were separated by the war), who is now seventeen and said to be serving in the Home Army.

Part of Wajda's loose war trilogy that included ''Film/AGeneration'' and ''Film/{{Kanal}}''.

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* LaResistance: Polish Home Army veterans fighting a guerilla war against the newly arrived Soviets.
* TheMole: Drewnowski is at the same time an ambitious career-minded Communist and a mole feeding intel to the Home Army.
* OhCrap: Maciek jumps and nearly drops his newspaper when Szczuka identifies himself at the lobby and Maciek realizes they have failed in their mission.
* SignificantBackgroundEvent: While Andrzej confidently reports on the hotel lobby phone that Szczuka is dead, Szczuka can be seen entering the front door behind him.

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