With Fire and Sword (1999)

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An epic story about the Ukrainian uprising against the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth magnates in the 17th Century.


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  • Krzysztof Kowalewski and Wiktor Zborowski in With Fire and Sword (1999)
  • Izabella Scorupco in With Fire and Sword (1999)
  • Daniel Olbrychski in With Fire and Sword (1999)
  • Krzysztof Kowalewski in With Fire and Sword (1999)
  • Zbigniew Zamachowski and Wiktor Zborowski in With Fire and Sword (1999)

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23 October 2002 | jeffbertucen@hotmail.com
For Polish patriots only
Granted that I saw this movie in a Sydney cinema packed with Poles (including my Polish wife sitting next to me), the number of weeping expats at the final credits suggested that I needed at least some Polish blood to fully appreciate the experience. Objectively, O i M is a handsomely mounted costume piece with good attention to military details and minor roles (Pan Zagloba in particular), but is let down by lack of polish (no pun intended) and a number of unintentionally hilarious touches such as Scorupco's mile-long plaits and Daniel Olbrychski chewing the scenery at every opportunity. Even with subtitles, the historical narrative remains biased and confusing, and the whole enterprise is infused with an almost quaint Polish naivete and prudishness (except for the depiction of graphic violence, of course). Is it any worse however, than 'Glory' or 'Gettysburg' however? Probably not. 6 out of 10

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