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April 22
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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Aaron Spelling April 22, 1923
Aaron Spelling born

If you scratch deeply into the psyche of any baby boomer, at some point he or she will probably admit that a formative cultural influence was not some great novelist or film director but.... Aaron Spelling, one of the most prolific and successful television producers the medium has ever known.

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April 22, 1946
John Waters born

Baltimore’s favorite son is also its most fiendish.

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