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September 26
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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Gregg Toland September 26, 1948
Gregg Toland dies

Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane is known for many things — its astute reading of the natural of American celebrity, the mysteries of character, and, of course, as the debut of one of cinema’s most gifted directors.

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September 26, 1948
Gregg Toland Dies

In classic Hollywood, where actors and directors, let alone crew members, were treated like dispensable employees, cinematographer Gregg Toland was the exception that made the rule.

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Sept 26, 1968
Factory Sealed and Approved

Warhol beats Hollywood to the finish line by getting his film about a hustler in New York film out first.

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