Long established as one of Polish cinema’s supreme masterpieces, Wajda’s film vividly captures the turbulence and confusion immediately following the Second World War, as a former resistance hero turns anti-Communist assassin. Audiences were supposed to empathise with his intended victim, but Zbigniew Cybulski (dubbed the ‘Polish James Dean’) gave such a charismatic performance as the conflicted killer it seemed to crystallise the fears and uncertainties of a generation.

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