Harshness of medevil reality and tragicomic events are masterfully recreated in this historical masterpeace. This movie left a lasting impression on me. The costumes, the buildings and almost every detail has been carefully injected to put life into this period of the "30 year war" (anno 1628-1658). To describe this movie to an american audience, you might call it an "court jester" comedy. But that wouldn't do much justice. The movie covers a lot more complexity, and it's not just a tragic comedy.