Thursday, 4 July 2013

1939: Battle of Westerplatte

I have mentioned before that one of the iconic images I have of the start of World War II is of the German pre-dreadnought battleship Schleswig-Holstein firing at the Polish fortress of Westerplatte.


What I had not realised until today was that a Polish film company had made a film about the attack on Westerplatte entitled 1939: BATTLE OF WESTERPLATTE. When I saw that a DVD of the film was on sale in a local supermarket, I felt that I had to buy it, even though the dialogue is all in Polish. (There are English subtitles.)


This is the second Polish-language film that I have bought this year (the first was BATTLE OF WARSAW) and I am looking forward to watching it after the forthcoming weekend.




N.B. All the film stills that are shown above are Copyright 2013 Filmmedia SA.

6 comments:

  1. Hi Bob,
    I watched both films last Thursday and enjoyed both tremendously. They are not Hollywood and the use of real humans rather than CGI is quite a pleasant change.
    May I recommend films like The Deluge and Fire on the Steppe, as well as Colonel Wolodowski (sic) which were superior military stories set in the 1700's. Great stuff!

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  2. CelticCurmudgeon,

    Thanks very much for your positive comments and the films recommendations. I will look out for both films, and if I see them, I will buy them.

    I was very impressed by BATTLE OF WARSAW, and the use of large numbers of actors/extras made the film better than it might have been. Having seen the trailer and the still for 1939: BATTLE OF WESTERPLATTE I felt that it was going to be as impressive.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  3. I'll have to keep an eye out for this. I love foreign language films and pretty often they are as good or better than anything Hollywood churns out.

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  4. Lee Hadley,

    Foreign language films often have very high production values, and if the trailer for this film is anything to go by, this is a good example of what is currently out there.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  5. I stumbled upon the film during my polish language class- it is a very well put together film and possibly the second best film that I will see this year. What really made it stand out was the use of sound during the fire fights.

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  6. Sylwia Polak,

    It is an excellent film, and it is great to see that such good films from Eastern Europe are becoming available in the UK.

    All the best,l

    Bob

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