Flashback
A look back at this day in film history
August 05
October 3, 1958
Poland's New Wave

In Warsaw, audiences gathered to see Ashes and Diamonds, the final film of Andrzej Wajda war trilogy –– the other two being the Polish ghetto tragedy A Generation (1955) and Kanal (1956), a brutal drama about the Warsaw uprising. Ashes and Diamonds, adapted from Jerzy Andrzejewski's celebrated novel, follows a resistance fighter (played by the "Polish James Dean" Zbigniew Cybulski) who must kill a communist official on the last day of the war. Wajda's ironic, existentialist vision captured the complex mood of rising Polish cinema and of a people dealing with Soviet occupation.


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Carmen Miranda August 5, 1955
Carmen Miranda dies

On this day in 1955, Carmen Miranda passed away of a heart attack at the age of just 46. An actress and singer whose onscreen image was vivacious and happy, the latter stages of her life were in stark contrast to what the public saw on the screen.

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August 5, 1962
Marilyn Monroe dies

On this day in 1962, Marilyn Monroe died, an event which was not only a tragic loss of one of the brightest and most promising stars in Hollywood, but would spark countless conspiracy theories.

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5 August 1962
Goodbye, Norma Jean

The movies lost perhaps its greatest sex symbol on August 5, 1962, when Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her California home.

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