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Ashes and Diamonds Dir. Andrzej Wajda; writ. Jerzy Andrzejewski; feat. Zbigniew Cybulski, Ewa Krzyzewska, Waclaw Zastrzezynski, Adam Pawlikowski (NR)

Acclaimed Polish director Andrzej Wajda made his name with his 1958 film, Ashes and Diamonds, the final chapter in a trilogy of films about World War II (the previous installments are A Generation and Kanal). Unlike some of the Polish filmmakers who followed him, Wajda had his share of life-and-death politics before entering the state-run film school: He had served in the Polish resistance as a teenager.

Here, a soldier is instructed to kill a Communist official, but has a hard time deciding whether or not to do it. A young man who is beginning to see what post-war life might look like, he struggles with a crisis of faith in the importance of his cause.

Ashes and Diamonds screens Tuesday, September 16 as part of Texas Public Radio's "Cinema Tuesdays" series. 7:30pm at AMC Huebner Oaks, admission $10 members/$12 non-members, 614-8977 or for reservations.

Los Hijos del Sol and El Siglo de las Conquistas screen at the Instituto de México, 500 HemisFair Park, at 4pm on Sunday, September 7. Info: 227-0130. •

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