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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jagienka Zychówna
... Danusia
... Jurand of Spychów
... Siegfried de Löwe
... Macko of Bogdaniec
... Zbyszko of Bogdaniec
... Wladyslaw II. Jagiello - King of Poland and Lithuania
... Bother Rotgier
... Duchess Anna Danuta of Masovia
... Duke Janusz I Mazowiecki
... Kuno von Liechtenstein
... Konrad von Jungingen
... Ulrich von Jungingen
... 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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PLN 33,000,000 (estimated)
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The Polish submission to the 33rd Academy Awards. 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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emotionally powerful epic
15 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

KNIGHTS OF THE TEUTONIC ORDER, based on the novel by Nobel winner Henryk Sienkiewicz, is full of intensely melodramatic conflicts and nonstop action; Sienkiewicz's fiction was more in the mold of THE THREE MUSKETEERS and IVANHOE than WAR AND PEACE, and the source material makes for a highly entertaining movie. The epic scope is quite impressive (fully comparable to Hollywood epics of the same era, like QUO VADIS or SPARTACUS). The setting will be unfamiliar to many audiences (Poland and Prussia in the middle ages), but the plight of the Polish knight Jurand as he and his family are tormented by the dastardly Teutonic Knights is emotionally involving. I saw this in 2005 on a not-so-good video from Polart (washed-out color, poor subtitles), but I've recently seen a DVD on offer, which I hope will have higher quality; it's a handsomely made film that deserves restoration and a wider audience.


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