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October 20, 2015
The epic film is long seen as the base of many great American films.
Spartacus, The Robe and many others were the Hollywood answer to the threat of Television.
In the Iron Curtain countries the Epic was based in historical fact with implied reference to World War 2
In 1960 this Epic from Poland was released and I can assure readers of my reviews that this film is more than on a par with the epics of the west.
Teutonic Knights are leaving a terrible mark on the people of Poland in the 14th century ,they are stealing ships full of grain and kidnapping the women of the valiant Polish knights.
When are local warlord is captured and tortured by the Knights it can only lead to battle and on Grunwald field both sides will face each other in a final pitched battle.
The film is worthy of and epic but the film also has the sense to focus on the intimate stories of love and honour at its heart.
The battle scenes when they arrive are expertly staged and despite the films length the story maintains you interest with all the plotting and intrigue.
½ February 24, 2013
another Polish historical movie. These movies are based on a Polish Author who wrote many books about the glorious eras of Polish history, during a time when Poland was partitioned and didn't exist. This movie, made in 1960, showed its age a bit, but was still a good capture of Middle Ages life. The only downside of these movies is that Henry always embeds a "fictional" love story against the back of the historical fact. and the love story is a bit maudlin. The Teutonic Knights are definitely portrayed as 'black hatted' bad guys. Way to bone up on one's Polish history.
½ November 3, 2012
Excelente dirección y un guión dinamico y atrevido para la epoca. Y no en un sentido morboso o licencioso. Gratamente sorprendente para este fin de semana.
½ October 24, 2010
Most people who are reading this review of this underrated movie are probably not familiar with foreign (except monty python) cinema but this one the best in my opinion European movies made and to all history and medieval buffs one of most historically accurate movies made
ElCochran90
Super Reviewer
July 5, 2010
A cornerstone in European cinema and period pieces alike, Aleksander Ford achieves an enormous task: to balance the most common human reactions that one as an audience may feel towards a motion picture. Hatred, desperation, excitement, nostalgia, even a Shakesperian thirst for blood and revenge. Extraordinary take on the infamous knights, adressed with patriotism and melodrama but never forgetting the true nature of the focused novel by Sienkiewicz. More than being one of Poland's finest, it is unquestionably among the best 100 movies ever made, and it easily outdoes any project directed by David Lean; the final battle sequence still remains officially as one of the best scenes ever filmed. Eisenstein's feature has been remade!

100/100
½ August 25, 2009
really a mediocre movie taken on the whole, however it is interesting as a fairly accurate depiction of late medieval europe. In this regard it is quite unique, however it might be best employed as a tool for teaching history rather than as a work of art.
jimbotender
Super Reviewer
June 5, 2009
More romantic than Dr. Zhivago,equally moving to the likes of an Alexander Nevsky or closer to the political turmoil of Traveling Players,a film which has nothing to be jealous of the epic boldness of a Lawrence of Arabia type of feast!
Criminally underrated,Aleksander Ford's storytelling focuses on the landscapes' pain rather the character's felicities and the astounding dialog is a bonus,based on the Sienkiewicz novel.Forgive me for saying this but the Grunwald massacre pumped me up!
August 19, 2008
This movie needs to be re-made. The novel deserves it.
April 10, 2008
The book is much better but the movie is great too...if you like history, knights, and/or Poland
March 31, 2008
I think this movie is very good in its category. It is based on novel by Henryk Sienkiewicz. If u are interested in medivial time, enjoy stories with honest and brave knights fighting for the beautiful princesses and their family and country, battles, greasy villains... it can be a good choice.
The film is around 3h long but I didn't get bored. It culminates with one of the biggest battles that medivial Europe could ever see - Battle of Grunwald in 1410. Germans got beaten and Polish / Slavic won :)
½ December 26, 2007
Running to almost three hours of central european knights fighting it out there could hardly be a better holiday film when television schedules are really dull.
November 3, 2007
One of the most awesome war and battle themed films made ever. I absolutely loved this film.
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