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Polish history in eight…


Margaret Soltan, August 13, 2010 1:29PM
Posted in: snapshots from warsaw

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  1. Frances Eby Says:

    Good thing women weren’t responsible for that mess! I think I saw 3 women in that whole thing.

  2. Brian Ogilvie Says:

    Like Frances, I didn’t see many women, except at the end. It looks like a video game designer’s view of history.

  3. Margaret Soltan Says:

    The end is the most moving part for me – maybe because the fighting stops, etc. It’s true that before that I felt a bit as if I were watching a miniaturized version of Lord of the Rings.

  4. Anon Says:

    It is possible to take this idea to great heights. There is a fabulous film which portrays 200 years of Russian history in 96 minutes: “Russian Ark.”

    “Apart from anything else, this is one of the best-sustained ideas I have ever seen on the screen…. the effect of the unbroken flow of images (experimented with in the past by directors like Hitchcock and Max Ophüls) is uncanny. If cinema is sometimes dreamlike, then every edit is an awakening. Russian Ark spins a daydream made of centuries.” — Roger Ebert

  5. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Thanks, Anon. Very much makes me want to see the Russian film.

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