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"1920 Bitwa Warszawska" to wielki fresk historyczny o jednej z osiemnastu naj­ważniejszych, zdaniem lorda Edgara D'Aber­nona, bitew w dziejach świata. Byla jedyną od XVII wieku zwycięską bitwą stoczoną sa­modzielnie przez Polaków (13-25 sierpnia 1920 roku), która zadecydowala o losach wojny. Bitwa ta zahamowala pochód Armii Czerwonej na Europę i pozwolila Polsce zachować na dzie­więtnaście lat świeżo odzyskaną niepodleglość.

Warszawa rok 1920.
Jan (Borys Szyc), poeta i kawa­lerzysta, po otrzymaniu rozkazu wyjazdu na front polsko-bolszewicki, oświadcza się swojej narzeczonej Oli (Natasza Urbańska), aktor­ce teatru rewiowego. Ślubu udziela mlodym ksiądz Ignacy Skorupka (Łukasz Garlicki). Wątek milosny przeplata się z wydarzeniami, w których uczestniczą postaci historyczne: Wlodzimierz Lenin, Józef Stalin oraz marsza­lek Józef Pilsudski, którego zagral Daniel Ol­brychski. W historii tamtego czasu nie moglo zabraknąć wybitnego przywódcy - Wincentego Witosa (Andrzej Strzelecki) oraz jednego z najbliższych wspólpracowników Pilsudskie­go - pulkownika Wieniawy - Dlugoszowskiego (Boguslaw Linda).

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  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0072YLKZQ
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Ostrowski on September 18, 2012
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My Polish father, who himself served with the Free Polish Forces fighting alongside the allies in almost every theatre of the European campaign against the Germans and their allies, always spoke of how his father fought the Russians to ensure the liberty of a re-emerged Polish State. I have since read the historial accounts by Norman Davies and Adam Zamoyski.

Now we have none other than the very competent Polish Director, Jerzy Hoffman, bringing it to the screen in 3D. Sadly, living in Australia I doubt whether the blu-ray version for my region will ever become available. It is not yet available even in the dvd version here, and for that I thank the existence of Amazon which allows me to obtain recently made Polish films.

As a plot this film has it all. It has huge battle scenes, a love story and some historical terms of reference. However, it should be remembered that in 1919 Pilsudski wanted to re-establish a powerful confederation of states akin to what was once the great Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. However, he was somewhat imperialistic as well. What is also glossed over is that the Poles were not only fighting Russian Reds, but also Ukrainian, Belarussian and Lithuanian nationalists. They were also fighting Germans in Silesia. Furthermore, after defeating Russia the Poles took a lot of Ukrainian, Lithuanian and Belarussian territory and this lost them valuable allies against the German and Russian invasions of 1939.

Overall, although missing a number of historical reference points it is a beautifully shot film and a great story.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard Brzostek on April 23, 2012
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Polish director Jerzy Hoffman brings one of the world's most decisive battles to film in 1920 Bitwa Warszawska (The Battle of Warsaw). This 2011 film has special effects galore and happens to be the first Polish movie made in 3D. It evokes feelings of a historic epic and is teeming with the best Polish actors (and even a few Russian actors too).

Poland just resurfaced on the map in 1918 after 123 years of being wiped off the map by her neighbors, but trouble is never too far away. Thankfully, Poland has strong leaders like Jozef Pilsudski (Daniel Olbrychski), Jozef Haller (Jacek Poniedzialek) and Boleslaw Wieniawa-Dlugoszowski (Boguslaw Linda) that are able to defend her from the Soviet invaders that would like to see socialism across all of Europe. There only stands one thing in the way from spreading socialism across the world: Poland.

1920 Bitwa Warszawska tries to balance spoon-feeding us historical details that give the story context with the personal side of the war by showing us how the war affected the lives of a newlywed couple. Jan Krynicki (Borys Szyc) marries her girl Ola Raniewska (Natasza Urbanska) just before he is sent out to war. While the frame of the story is a romance, it doesn't develop this part of the story too greatly as there is so much other things that need to be shown. The film takes on a lot in a short amount of time, so it could have easily been at least an hour longer to develop the details in greater depth, but then some would complain the film is too long.

Jan is seemingly sympathetic to socialistic ideas, which gets him in trouble with his fellow soldiers, but ends up saving his life as well.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Steve Perlowski on February 9, 2012
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If you've seen the trailer, you've seen the best that this film has to offer; the rest is visually stunning (but uninspiring) filler. Poland defeated the Bolsheviks decisively in the 1920 battle for Warsaw, but "Bitwa Warszawska" twists the ropes of that great historical encounter into pure bathos.

With a couple of exceptions (e.g., Adam Ferency as the rabid communist Bukowski, or Olga Kabo as his disillusioned "war" wife), the actors, especially the beautiful Natasza Urbanska, give leaden portrayals of the film's various fictional and historical personalities, and I was particularly disappointed by the stilted caricature of Marshal Pilsudski by one of Poland's finest actors, Daniel Olbrychski. To be fair, though, the mawkish screenplay provided little in the way of theatrical nourishment for this film's characters.

Apparently, this is Poland's first foray into 3-D, but I bought the 2-D dvd, and thought that, in general, the video quality was very good. It is also worth mentioning, though, that the musical score, so important to a movie of such grand pretensions, was a lackluster rehash from the director's "Deluge" trilogy, and could have used a fresher slant from a John Williams or Zbigniew Preisner. .

At the end of the day, if you're evenly remotely interested in the significance of this great historical conflict between Poland and the young Soviet empire (led by Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, et al), you'd be much better served by reading Adam Zamoyski's short book, "Warsaw 1920," or "White Eagle Red Star" by Norman Davies. You're sure not going to gain much insight or depth through this plot-challenged, battle-heavy, movie hodgepodge.
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