In the 15th century the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth is facing a hard struggle against the neighboring Teutonic Order.Frequent clashes between the two powers finally culminate in 1410 with the Battle of Grunwald.
In 1668 Polish colonel Michael Wolodyjowski, who recently retired to a monastery, is recalled to active duty and takes charge of Poland's eastern frontier defenses against invading Tatar hordes and Ottoman armies.
During the 1655 war between Protestant Sweden and Catholic Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth some Polish-Lithuanian nobles side with Swedish king Charles X Gustav while others side with the Polish king Jan Kazimierz.
In the early 1810s, Poles, part of Russia's client state of Lithuania, think independence will come if they join forces with Napoleon when he invades Russia. This unity of purpose, in one ... See full summary »
Kazimierz Pawlak, Wladyslaw Kargul and their granddaughter Ania are coming to America, to meet Kazimierz's brother John. When they come, they hear that John is dead. Advocate tells him ... See full summary »
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The main character is the manager of a sport club, nicknamed "Teddy Bear" by his friends and acquaintances. One day he is detained at the border just as his sport team is off to a ... See full summary »
A tale of a young impoverished nobleman, who with his uncle returns from a war against the order of the Teutonic Knights in Lithuania. He falls in love with a beautiful woman and pledges an oath to bring her "three trophies" from the Teutonic Knights. Written by
Teutonic Knights - Ordo domus Sanctæ Mariæ Theutonicorum Ierosolimitanorum
Teutonic Knights represented with a modicum of historical accuracy ? Come on - it's a must see for that alone! (If you can find it.) Who doesn't want to see what Hitler got all worked up about? Who wouldn't want to see what at least one knowledgeable and level-headed reviewer has called "the best medieval movie ever made"? Of course he was wrong. These examples are opposites in almost every conceivable dimension, but Conan the Barbarian, Excalibur, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail come to mind as better movies of the medieval period. In fact - think of Krzyzacy as Holy Grail, but completely devoid of any humor whatsoever (as painful as that thought might be) but with a well put together story line, real acting, and real locations and you'd be close. Actually, if you have your 1960 Eastern Bloc hat on, this is a great movie by any standard. Q: Is it led-heavy with pro Polish and anti German propaganda? A: Yes and yes that's the most distracting part of the whole movie - but then that's what allowed the artists to make it - and in hindsight there is irony that the Communist state produced it but so be it! The acting was completely acceptable. The casting was par excellence. The great thing to me though was the tone created by the production values. Forget the 30,000+ extras, it's the bazillion never ending small handmade things on camera that work; and this movie is completely devoid of modern Hollywood sensibilities (a kind of anti Braveheart), and that makes it lovely and cherished. (Just like the movie "Come and See" is.) If any of this sounds at all interesting, then go ahead, and good luck finding it. For me, it was on some list of great movies.... It took me two years to find a copy (no rental place in Los Angeles has it - how does that happen?) I had to buy it on eBay. I presume the aspect ratio is chopped on this Pegaz edition. I suspect there is even some tilt and scan in there or a completely Vodka drunk cinematographer.
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