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Black Cross (1960)

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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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Aleksander Ford

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Zbigniew Skowronski ... Tolima
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Storyline

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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Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish

Release Date:

January 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Cross See more »

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Budget:

PLN 33,000,000 (estimated)
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Zespól Filmowy "Studio" See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Made to commemorate the 550th anniversary of the battle of Grunwald, which took place on 15 July 1410. Its first screening was held exactly on 15 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 »

Alternate Versions

The 2006 UK Second Run DVD was cut by 27 secs by the BBFC to remove footage of horse-falls. See more »

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

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a story from medieval Europe
27 September 2006 | by mizbSee all my reviews

The movie is based on a Sienkiewicz's novel written in 1910 (500th anniversary of Tannenberg battle) and during the time of top German power in Europe. The content describes the life of medieval Polish gentry on the background of historical events (conflicts between the German Teutonic Orden and Kingdoms of Poland and Lithuania). Shows, how crude and cruel the life was that time. The movie has been made about 1960 on order of communist and para-nationalist propaganda to illustrate the role of alliance between Poles and "eastern nations" in stopping the German expansionism (a cold war ran that time, Poland had no diplomatic links with FR of Germany, which was putting Poland's western borders into questioning). The final Tannenberg battle scene is probably the best one battle movie in the history of cinematography. However, some propaganda accents have been put, i.e. German knights shooting "Heil!" at the beginning of the battle. The main tune of the film is to present Poles as a fit and sound nation.


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