Mar 27, 2006

Movie advert 4 (Potop)

Polish Student Alliance
in Pittsburgh, PA

invites you to the
Movie of the week
: Potop (The Deluge) - Part One

When? March 30 (Thursday) 8:00PM-10:00PM

Where? 4130 Posvar Hall (University of Pittsburgh)

Movie genre: Historical, action, romance

Year: 1974 Duration: 315 minutes Other: Color, Polish with English subtitles
Directed by Jerzy Hoffman. Starring Daniel Olbrychski as Andrzej Kmicic, Tadeusz Łomnicki as Michał Wołodyjowski

The Deluge, a sequel to With Fire and Sword, is also based on the 19th century novel by Henryk Sienkiewicz (a 1905 Nobel Prize Winner in literature), nominated for a Best Foreign Film Oscar in 1974. The setting is the 17th century Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, then the largest European state. The story take place in the 17th century during the Swedish invasion and occupation, known as The Deluge, which left Poland in ruins. A historical war epic on a grand scale, with many battles and duels, excellent costumes, props and scenery recreating this forgotten setting, the end result is a picture that looks like it was beamed straight from the 17th century, and the level of realism really adds to the immersive nature of the story.

IMDb rating: 8.4/10.

To be followed:

March 16 (Ogniem i Mieczem, Part 2 of 2) (1999)

Room opens at 7:00 p.m, so if you want to practice your Polish, feel free to arrive early and talk with us!

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1 comment:

Toronto movie guide said...

Movies from one director couldn't glare at us more distinctly: With Sword and Fire is shiny, loud, and bombastic as a Cossack's head; The Deluge, on the other hand, is quiet, dark, and self-reflective as a mourning widow. But I guess a director can reform styles in a span of 20 years +, and in a way, The Deluge reflects the historical movies filmed at its time: you can see several works remarkably similar in style springing up all throughout Central and Eastern Europe. I have not seen Colonel Wolodyjowski, but I suspect it to differ little in technique from The Deluge. Hoffman's impetus for filming the Trilogy in this reversed direction I know not of, but I can't entirely point fingers when I see others do the like. What is this, a weird trend among some filmmakers?

Disparate as he may be, I'd like to commend him for doing it much to my liking. Far more well-known than you might fanthom, his more recent films do feature Bohdan Stupka, who's apparently the most recognizable Ukrainian actor alive. I suppose I'd fancy seeing An Ancient Tale. Is it something in way of The Thirteenth Warrior? :o

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