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Black Cross (1960)

Krzyzacy (original title)
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.

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Urszula Modrzynska ...
Jagienka Zychówna
Grazyna Staniszewska ...
Danusia
Andrzej Szalawski ...
Jurand of Spychów
Henryk Borowski ...
Siegfried de Löwe
Aleksander Fogiel ...
Macko of Bogdaniec
Mieczyslaw Kalenik ...
Zbyszko of Bogdaniec
Emil Karewicz ...
Wladyslaw II. Jagiello - King of Poland and Lithuania
Tadeusz Kosudarski ...
Bother Rotgier
Lucyna Winnicka ...
Duchess Anna Danuta of Masovia
Tadeusz Bialoszczynski ...
Duke Janusz I Mazowiecki
Mieczyslaw Voit ...
Kuno von Liechtenstein
Janusz Strachocki ...
Konrad von Jungingen
Stanislaw Jasiukiewicz ...
Ulrich von Jungingen
Leon Niemczyk ...
Fulko de Lorche
Zbigniew Skowronski ...
Tolima
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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 Anonymous

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Poland's most spectacular epic with a cast of over 1800 in Eastmancolor and Dyaliscope.


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January 1962 (USA)  »

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PLN 33,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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The film was made to commemorate the 550th anniversary of the battle in Grunwald, which took place on 15th July 1410. The movie's first screening was held exactly on 15th July 1960. See more »

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Several knights can be seen wearing sneakers beneath the armor, although at the time the film is set, these were not available. See more »

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Referenced in 1409. Afera na zamku Bartenstein (2005) See more »

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Teutonic Knights - Ordo domus Sanctæ Mariæ Theutonicorum Ierosolimitanorum
14 September 2007 | by (Santa Monica, California) – See all my reviews

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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