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This review is from: The Andrzej Wajda War Trilogy [DVD] (DVD)
50 years have not dimmed the poignancy of these films. Some of the references to pre-war Polish politics may go over the heads of non-Polish speakers. The films are well balanced with no glorification of Polish "heroism" but a realistic attempt to potray the real dilemmas faced by ordinary Poles from all walks of life both during the war (Kanal & The Generation) and as it came to an end (Ashes & Diamonds). Zbigniew Cybulski was Poland's answer to James Dean (Ashes & Diamonds). It's a pity he too ended his life in tragic circumstances.