"With Fire and Sword"
Directed by Jerzy Hoffman
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. "...a great epic of the Wild East,
all the more fresh for its reliance on low-tech horsepower and old-time
storytelling in an age of digital-FX blockbuster madness" (Matt Radz,
Montreal Gazette). Polish with English subtitles. 200 minutes.