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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 ... See full summary »

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Andrzej Wajda

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jerzy Pichelski ... Cavalry Captain Chodakiewicz
Adam Pawlikowski ... Lieutenant Wodnicki
Jerzy Moes ... Cadet Grabowski
Mieczyslaw Loza ... Sergeant Major Laton
Bozena Kurowska ... Ewa
Bronislaw Dardzinski Bronislaw Dardzinski ... Lotna's Owner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henryk Cudnowski Henryk Cudnowski
Adam Dzieszynski Adam Dzieszynski ... Cavalryman (as H. Dzieszynski)
Wieslaw Golas ... Soldier
Henryk Hunko ... Cavalryman
Tadeusz Kosudarski ... Cavalryman
Irena Malkiewicz Irena Malkiewicz ... Countess
Artur Mlodnicki ... Colonel
Ludwik Pak ... Violinist
Roman Polanski ... Musician
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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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Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish

Release Date:

27 September 1959 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

La dernière charge See more »

Filming Locations:

Nieborów, Lódzkie, Poland See more »

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Kadr Cinematographic Unit See more »
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Mono

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Black and White | Color (Agfa Wolfen)| Color (Sovcolor)
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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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early Wajda
20 April 2018 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

A horse. the symbols. the colors. and the war. mixture of themes and images defining the war films from the East of "50. and reflection about fatherland, heroism, illusion and sacrifice, obsession and death. the force of images as the lead pillar of a construction in which the irony and sadness, the traces of fatum and crumbs of magic are together. a portrait of a world. familiar and strange in same measure. at the first sigh, one of many war films from the same period. and far by great movies of Wajda. in fact, one of pictures of a fall of an universe. cold, precise, bitter.


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