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August 31
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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Jean Seberg August 31, 1979
Jean Seberg dies

With her close-cropped blonde hair and plucky, can-do charm hawking newspapers on the streets of Paris, American-born Jean Seberg became one the iconographic figures of the French New Wave by starring in one of its most important films: Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless.

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August 31, 1946
The Big Sleep released

One of film noir’s most confusing hits was released in its final form on August 31, 1946.

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31 August 1946
Sleep Disorder

With such literary greats as Raymond Chandler and William Faulkner behind it, how did The Big Sleep become one of the most confusing plots in film history?

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