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Speed (1959)

Lotna (original title)
Poland, during the World War. Lotna is a magnificent specimen of Arabian horse, the pride of her owner, too old to actually ride her but to whom she remains faithful nevertheless. The ... See full summary »

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Cavalry Captain Chodakiewicz
Adam Pawlikowski ...
Lieutenant Wodnicki
Jerzy Moes ...
Cadet Grabowski
Mieczyslaw Loza ...
Sergeant Major Laton
Bozena Kurowska ...
Ewa
Bronislaw Dardzinski ...
Lotna's Owner
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Henryk Cudnowski
Adam Dzieszynski ...
Cavalryman (as H. Dzieszynski)
Wieslaw Golas ...
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Henryk Hunko ...
Cavalryman
Tadeusz Kosudarski ...
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Irena Malkiewicz ...
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Artur Mlodnicki ...
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Ludwik Pak ...
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Poland, during the World War. Lotna is a magnificent specimen of Arabian horse, the pride of her owner, too old to actually ride her but to whom she remains faithful nevertheless. The Polish cavalry army is also proud of their land, and loyal to rules, and custom. The German army is leading an overwhelming speed attack with tanks, an almost unheard of weapon, and bringing a way of life to an end. It's the last battle between Lotna (speed horse) and Blitzkriega (speed war). Written by Artemis-9

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27 September 1959 (Poland)  »

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The film is criticized by many historians for strengthening a propaganda myth of the Polish cavalry charging German tanks. In fact, the Polish cavalry never charged tanks, leave alone absurd slashing them with sabres. The main tactics of the cavalry was fighting on feet, and there were only several charges against infantry in 1939. On only one occasion, at Krojanty, the cavalry group was surprised by a fire of German armored cars, but did not try to charge them, and got away with moderate losses. See more »

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beautiful with wonderfully staged cavalry scenes
4 June 2007 | by (Colorado) – See all my reviews

Evidentally this is sort of a "lost" film. The DVD copy is half in color, and half in tinted black and white. No previous comments on IMDb or Netflix. An astounding circumstance for a film of this high quality by a known director.

This an iconic tale of a beautiful horse that has several owners, sort of a mixture of "Black Beauty" and "The Red Shoes". There's an interesting love triangle among the humans, set in early World War II, I think. The white of a bride's dress is paralleled with the horse, but I'm not sure of the precise meaning outside of pure imagery. There is much beauty in the cinematography and the staging, with lovely framing and intriguing tracking shots.

Reminiscent of a Powell/Pressburger film both in its pictorial impact and the cold sentimentality (how's that for an oxymoron?) of its story. Maybe a masterpiece, I'm not sure, and well worth seeing.


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