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.
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Duchyll Martin Smith
In 1668 the Ottoman Empire decides to attack and invade the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth which is one of the few major European powers to still stand in the destructive path of the Ottomans.Having recently retired to a monastery,Polish Colonel Michael Wolodyjowski is no longer in active duty.However,the Polish king,Jan Sobieski knows that Colonel Wolodyjowski is an able commander and sends for him,recalling him to active duty.Joining his old comrades in arms,including the English noble Ketling Hassling of Elgin, Colonel Wolodyjowski takes command of the Polish defenses on the Eastern Frontier.He prepares for the arrival of the invading Ottoman armies and Tatar Hordes and waits.The fate of Christian Europe lies in his hands. Written by
This 1960s movie is not horrible, but having just re-read the Trilogy, have to say it is not very good, Very little of the quality of the book was conveyed. The characters (which tend to be stereotypical anyway) were even more so in the movie. Azia in particular was all too obviously villainous -- lots of eye-flashing and lip-curling, nothing of the complexity of the character. Also, there was NO chemistry between Michal and Basia; and really nothing to involve you with Basia at all. Hard to believe Basia is considered one of the most endearing of literary heroines in Poland if you base your impression on this film. Here she looks like just any 60s movie cutie, with her anachronistic hairdo. Those bangs!
Nothing of the epic quality of Basia's ride back to the fort is conveyed. Even minor details matter in period films. Could they not at least have dressed her in period? In the book, whenever she dresses in male attire, Sienkiewicz is careful to describe her costume -- big baggy trousers, etc. In the film, she rides in stylish 20th century skin-tight trousers making her escape through the snow even more implausible. I would really like to see this remade.
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