The conqueror

The conqueror

DVD - 2011 | Russian
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Set in the Ukraine of the 16th century, a powerful Cossack chieftain is determined to regain his land from treacherous Polish invaders. Despite bitter dissension in the ranks, he is soon leading his soldiers into savage warfare. But further conflict erupts when his headstrong son, Andrei, falls deeply in love with a Polish girl. Spectacular battle scenes highlight the nonstop action, arriving at a shattering climax in which father and son must ultimately confront the rift between them.
Publisher: Port Washington, NY : E1 Entertainment, c2011
ISBN: 9781417234110
1417234113
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (2 hrs., 13 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Taras Bulba

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EuSei Aug 29, 2011

My husband and I enjoyed this movie. It’s definitely not a chick-flick; in it women have no participation. (You won’t see some skinny, lil’ woman handling a huge iron sword—which never happened, because a woman wouldn’t be able to handle a huge sword!) Nothing but men fighting, yelling, drinking, burping, and, well, being men! :-) Plus lots of History, but you have to pay lots of attention. There is one problem in my view: the voice over in English. The interpreters’ voices sounded too similar and were devoid of any emotion—while when you turned back to Russian, the characters were putting lots of emotion in their lines. Besides, there was a narrator in the background that the English version did not capture. Be aware of the horrible, excruciatingly violent torture scenes that will make you painfully aware of how horrendous medieval torture might have been. (I have to laugh at the people who talk about American soldiers “torture”; what a joke!) I have never read Gogol, but feel now inclined to read his Taras Bulba. All the characters were perfect—in what for me would have been Cossacks of yore—plus the beautiful blond Magdalena Mielcarz, who is so pretty she does not need talent. Music is in general bad, but we survived it.

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