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Battle of Warsaw 1920 (2011)

1920 Bitwa Warszawska (original title)
Different strata of Polish society oppose the communist aggression from Soviet Russia. Love lives on a par with war.

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Jerzy Hoffman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Olbrychski ... Józef Pilsudski
Natasza Urbanska ... Ola Raniewska
Borys Szyc ... Jan Krynicki
Jerzy Bonczak ... Capt. Kostrzewa
Adam Ferency ... Bukowski
Boguslaw Linda ... Boleslaw Wieniawa-Dlugoszowski
Ewa Wisniewska ... Actress Ada
Aleksandr Domogarov ... Kryshkin (as Aleksander Domagarow)
Olga Kabo ... Sofiya Nikolayevna
Adam Strzelecki Adam Strzelecki ... Wincenty Witos (as Andrzej Strezelecki)
Michal Zebrowski ... Premier Wladyslaw Grabski
Rafal Cieszynski ... Kowalewski
Lukasz Garlicki ... Ignacy Skorupka - Priest
Piotr Glowacki ... Anatol
Wojciech Solarz ... Samuel
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The First Polish 3D Feature Film! Poland's winning battle against Soviet Russia as seen through the eyes of two young protagonists, Ola and Jan. She is a Warsaw cabaret dancer, while he is a cavalry officer and poet who believes in socialist ideals. Written by extreme94

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish | Russian

Release Date:

30 September 2011 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

1920 - Die letzte Schlacht See more »

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Budget:

PLN 27,000,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The film takes place from August 12 to August 25, 1920. See more »

Soundtracks

Spiewka 1920
Written by Krzesimir Debski
Performed by Natasza Urbanska & Borys Szyc
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Well worth watching!
19 February 2012 | by benfaust59See all my reviews

I was sent this film (with subtitles) on DVD by a friend in Poland and found it engrossing.

I guess it helped that I had already read a book on the subject, Warsaw 1920 by Adam Zamoyski, so knew what direction the film was going before it started, and that helped my understanding. The love interest and sub-plots enhanced the film, but again some knowledge of 20th Century Eastern European culture and politics helped.

My initial thoughts were that some of the colours were rather vivid and maybe unrealistic but a variety of cinematic styles were used and as they were not used frivolously they worked well in the end. The cabaret scenes showed glamour, style and sensitivity where necessary - all in stark contrast to some, frankly, barbaric and unglamorous battle scenes. I suspect that they were actually quite realistic representations of the fighting. There were some interesting touches that most people would not think about eg the taking of soldiers'/prisoners' boots (sometimes before their wearers were dead) because of their value at the time.

The principal story is true and the outcome of the battle ultimately decided whether Poland enjoyed independence between its partitioning until the end of WW1 and its invasion by the Germans and then the Russians in 1939.

For those with an interest in Eastern European history, it has been said that Stalin's treatment of the Polish Army officers in WW2 (see the superb film Katyn) was determined by the outcome of this battle.


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