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Blekitny krzyz (1955)

It's February 1945. A Polish rescue team sets out to bring back the wounded Soviet and Slovak partisans who are trapped behind the mountain border as well as behind enemy lines.


Andrzej Munk


Adam Liberak (short story), Andrzej Munk (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stanislaw Byrcyn-Gasienica Stanislaw Byrcyn-Gasienica
Stanislaw Wawrytko Stanislaw Wawrytko ... Rescuer
Stanislaw Marusarz Stanislaw Marusarz
Stanislaw Lasa Gasienica Stanislaw Lasa Gasienica
Ludwik Ziemblic Ludwik Ziemblic ... Doctor Juraj
Józef Krzeptowski Józef Krzeptowski
Józef Wawrytko Józef Wawrytko
Wojciech Siemion ... Soviet Major
Elzbieta Polkowska Elzbieta Polkowska
Tadeusz Gasienica-Giewont Tadeusz Gasienica-Giewont ... (as Tadeusz Giewont)
Roman Holy Roman Holy
Wladyslaw Gondek Wladyslaw Gondek
Stefan Joniak Stefan Joniak
Jakub Wawrytko Jakub Wawrytko
Andrzej Walczak Andrzej Walczak


It's February 1945. A Polish rescue team sets out to bring back the wounded Soviet and Slovak partisans who are trapped behind the mountain border as well as behind enemy lines.

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Release Date:

12 October 1955 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Men of Blue Cross See more »

Filming Locations:

Zakopane, Malopolskie, Poland See more »

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Mountain rescue
4 January 2007 | by allenrogerjSee all my reviews

A documentary re-enactment of an event in February 1945, when men from a Mountain Rescue Team- the Blue Cross of the title was their badge- in the Tatra Mountains in Poland, summoned by a Slovak doctor, crossed the mountains to rescue three badly wounded men, their nurse and a guard from an isolated hut near a German outpost. The characters were played by some of the original participants and amateur actors. It's a well-put together short film; the events almost entirely described by an omniscient commentator with a mixture of location and well-made re-enactment. It's only the absence of vapour from the men's mouths that shows which is the latter. There are some extraordinary shots though, with Munk's characteristic concentration on faces- an amputation without anaesthetics depicted by close ups of the patient's, the surgeon's and the watchers' faces and a tuneless humming. There are some wonderful action shots as well- an avalanche, the journey across snow fields, a pursuing German ski patrol sweeping across white snow- but more than anything it is the way Munk looks at the middle-aged and elderly faces of the rescue team- gap-toothed, wrinkled, moustachioed, resolutely civilian in a war- and the reminder that this was entered- like every other rescue- in the book at their base. It's noteworthy that Munck only depicts heroism unequivocally when as here it involves saving life not taking it.

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