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With Fire & Sword - Ogniem I Mieczem 2 DVD
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At the time of its release, this lavish historical epic was the most expensive Polish film ever made. Based on a novel by Henryk Sienkiewicz (Quo Vadis?), this grand drama is set in 17th century Poland during the Cossack uprising against the Polish nobility. As the violent confrontation builds, there is also a battle for the heart of a beautiful girl between a dashing Pole and a brutish Ukrainian. This was the first novel in a trilogy of historical adventures by Sienkiewicz; the others (Colonel Wolodyjowski and The Deluge) have also been brought to the screen by director Jerzy Hoffman. In Polish with English subtitles.

Film pokazuje najbarwniejszy i najbardziej kontrowersyjny okres w dziejach Kozaczyzny, gdy ta rozpaczliwie pragnela uzyskac jak najlepsza pozycje w ramach Rzeczypospolitej, a pozniej poza nia. Dramatyczna walka Kozakow ukrainskich doprowadzila w rezultacie do ich calkowitego zniewolenia w granicach imperium rosyjskiego. Przeszlosc kozacka, pelna ludzkich tragedii, stala sie nierozerwalna czescia historii Polski i Ukrainy.

Cast: Michal Zebrowski, Aleksander Domogarow, Izabella Scorupco,Zbigniew Zamachowski, Krzysztof Kowalewski.
New production of Jerzy Hoffman.
Total of 200 minutes. English Subtitled

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Richard Brzostek - 08/11/2006 5 of 5 Stars!
"With Fire and Sword" (Ogniem i Mieczem) was the film that started my interest in Polish cinema a few years ago. Its story, effects, and history amazed me. Watching the movie was a life-changing event for me on the level of being a spiritual and cultural experience. It ranks among the best I have ever watched and is one of my all time favorites. "With Fire and Sword" is based on the first of a trilogy written by Henryk Sienkiewicz. It takes place in the 17th century, when Poland's borders were much wider than they are today. However, it also a time when nearly all of its neighbors invaded its land throughout the century. This story has it all. It is a love story and a war story. It is fairly lengthy, but considering it is an epic and covers an intricate story with so much happening, I loved every minute and feel it needs the time to fully portray the story. Although the film should not be taken as an exact history, it is remarkable how many of the historical details do match up. In my study of this time by reading and though my involvement with a 17th century Polish-Lithuanian living history group, I am amazed on the volume of fine details that are accurate in the film. Regardless, the film is not a documentary but entertainment and that it is without any doubt. Even people unfamiliar with Polish cinema may recognize some of its actors. Izabella Scorupco, who plays the leading lady in this film also played in the English speaking films "GoldenEye" and "Reign of Fire." Two men with very prominent parts in this movie (Michal Zebrowski and Zbigniew Zamachowski) also have small parts in Roman Polanski's "The Pianist." If you enjoy long historical movies, "With Fire and Sword" is a must. This DVD is the TV version of the film, which is broken into four parts, with credits at the end of each part. There are voiceovers when those speaking Ukrainian talk, which obstructs hearing them. Often, the only difference between the Ukrainian and Polish is the accent. Personally, I find the voiceover to be a little annoying.
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