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The Old Fairy Tale - Stara Basn DVD

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NEW Remastered widescreen edition - with English Subtitles - The Old Fairy When The Sun Was a God takes place in Ninth Century Europe, when various Slavic tribes lived on the land that later became Poland, at a time when each tribe worshipped it's own, separate god. A cruel prince, Popiel, and his scheming wife will do anything in their power to pass control of this land to their son (and according to local legend, Popiel will finally be eaten by mice). The commander of Popiel's army, Piastun, is opposed to the crimes and intrigue that Popiel orders him to force on the people to guarantee the succession, and Piastun decides to leave Popiel. Popiel seeks revenge against the commander, but Piastun is rescued from death by a young hunter and warrior, Ziemowit Pastowic. Ziemowit had spent years living with the Vikings and only recently had returned to this area, his former homeland. Ziemowit falls in love with Dziwa, the lovely daughter of Wisz, a wealthy, local merchant, and wants to marry her. But Dziwa's fate has been decided by her father--she must become a priestess in the local temple....and so, what will happen to the beautiful princess and her brave suitor? Don't miss this wonderful retelling of one of Poland's most famous legends.

Language: In Polish, ENGLISH SUBTITLES


Director: Jerzy Hoffman


Release Date: 2003


Run Time: 135 min.




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Richard Brzostek - 04/04/2008 4 of 5 Stars!
The Old Fairy Tale: When the Sun Was God (Stara Basn: Kiedy Slonce Bylo Bogiem) may not be the best title as far as telling us what the movie is about other than it will have a pagan element. Jerzy Hoffman, who brought us the trilogy from the 17th century, presents us with one of Poland\'s oldest legends on film -- the story of Popiel. This a story from Poland\'s prehistory pagan time; a story that has been told and re-told, and Hoffman does a fantastic retelling of the story on film. The story could be summarized by saying Popiel is an evil and oppressive ruler that uses force unjustly on neighboring people. The people unit and make an effort to overthrow him. Of course, there is a love story in there too with titillating magical spells to help that effort along. The movie is well done -- from the eerie music to the fierce battles. There are also rituals and pagan dances that left me in awe thinking this was how Poland was like back then. We also see the Vikings, who battle the pre-history Poles. Oddly, some of the Vikings carry Draco standards resembling the type Sarmatian horsemen carried some 500 years earlier while in Roman service. The battle scenes are comparable in realistic special effects and sheer brutality with other historical films such as Braveheart. About half of the cast from Hoffman\'s Ogniem i Mieczem star in Stara Basn. Michal Zebrowski plays a lead role again and you are sure to recognize several other faces. Of those not in Ogniem i Mieczem is Malgorzata Foremniak, who plays Popiel\'s wife and is one of my favorite Polish actresses. Stara Basn is an exceptional Polish film that has it all with action, battles, romance and interesting costumes. The movie also has its cultural aspect, as it is based on a classic Polish legend. If you enjoy historical movies you have to watch this one.
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