Andrzej Wajda: Three War Films

Edition no. 282

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A GenerationAshes and DiamondsKanal
Licensor
Jeck Film
Directed by: Andrzej Wajda
In 1999, Polish director Andrzej Wajda received an Honorary Academy Award for his body of work: more than thirty-five feature films, beginning with A Generation in 1955. Wajda’s next film, Kanal, the first ever made about the Warsaw Uprising, won the Special Jury Prize at Cannes and launched Wajda on the path to international renown, a status secured with the release of his masterpiece, Ashes and Diamonds, in 1958. These three groundbreaking films helped usher in the Polish School movement and have often been regarded as a trilogy. But each boldly stands on its own—a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the struggle for personal and national freedom. The Criterion Collection is proud to present this director-approved edition, with new transfers of all three films and extensive interviews with the filmmaker and his colleagues.

Technical Specifications

Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 , 1.66:1 (Anamorphic)
Audio: Polish 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono
Subtitles: English
Region: 1/2/3/4/5/6
Discs: 3 Discs |  DVD-9
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Supplements

  • Andrzej Wajda: On Becoming a Filmmaker, an exclusive interview with the director and film critic Jerzy Plazewski
  • Ceramics from Ilza (Ceramika Ilzecka), Wajda’s 1951 film school short
  • Rare behind-the-scenes production photos, publicity stills, posters, and original artwork by the director
  • Booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Ewa Mazierska
  • Andrzej Wajda: On Kanal, a 27-minute exclusive new interview with the director, assistant director Janusz Morgenstern, and film critic Jerzy Plazewski
  • Jan Nowak-Jezioranski: Courier from Warsaw, a new 28-minute interview by Andrzej Wajda of a Warsaw Uprising insider
  • Rare behind-the-scenes production photos, publicity stills, and posters
  • Booklet featuring a new essay by film critic John Simon
  • Audio commentary by film scholar Annette Insdorf
  • Andrzej Wajda: On Ashes and Diamonds, a 35-minute exclusive new interview with the director, second director Janusz Morgenstern, and film critic Jerzy Plazewski
  • Vintage newsreel footage on the making of Ashes and Diamonds
  • Rare behind-the-scenes production photos, publicity stills, and posters
  • Booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Paul Coates

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Artwork: Eric Skillman

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