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November 22, 2022


Thanks, Lewis...."Ashes and Diamonds" was a crucial film in my understanding of the complexities of Eastern European post-war politics, and Polish politics specifically. Although Cybulski has often been compared to James Dean, one critic (I wish I could remember who!) said that Cybulski's character Maciek, involved in a life-and-death political struggle, made James Dean's "Rebel Without a Cause" character Jim Stark look like a petulant adolescent who's just been grounded.

Neither actor lived long enough to go on to even greater work — but I’ll take Cybulski over Dean in this case …

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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