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Stones for the Rampart: Battle for Warsaw

  • Drama
  • War
  • 2014
  • Robert Glinski
  • 111 mins
  • 15

Summary

Based on a well-known Polish novel with the same title the movie re-tells a true life story of a group of scouts called ''Szare Szeregi'' (Gray Ranks) during the Nazi occupation of Warsaw and the liberation of one of its members (imprisoned and tortured by the Germans) through a maverick military action in board daylight right under the enemy's nose known ''Action at the Arsenal'' which was the biggest single feat of the sort undertaken by a youth resistance organisation in all of occupied Europe during WWII.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Previously filmed as Operation Arsenal by Jan Lomnicki (1978), Aleksander Kaminski's landmark 1943 novel celebrates the Polish Scouting Association who fought alongside the Home Army against the occupying Nazis under the code-name "Grey Ranks". Director Robert Glinski remakes it with good intentions and exceptional widescreen photography, although the result is a sometimes overly flashy treatise on patriotic heroism that reduces acts of selfless courage to stylised set pieces. These owe more to video gaming than the proud tradition of Polish war cinema. The fact that the young heroes (Tomasz Zietek, Marcel Sabat and Kamil Szeptycki) are depicted as ordinary boys with adolescent curiosities and appetites caused some controversy at home, where the characters have a certain cult cachet. But Glinski is right to show them flirting with girls in between their minor acts of sabotage, as this makes the climactic rescue scenes in a Gestapo torture cell seem all the more noble and the ensuing fury and guilt all the more plausible.

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Credits

Cast

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Jan Bytnar "Rudy"Tomasz Zietek
Tadeusz Zawadzki, "Zoska"Marcel Sabat
Aleksander Dawidowski, "Alek"Kamil Szeptycki
MoniaMagdalena Kolesnik
Hala GlinskaSandra Staniszewska
Stanislaw Broniewski, "Orsza"Wojciech Zielinski

Crew

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DirectorRobert Glinski

Details

Theatrical distributor
Kaleidoscope
Released on
2015-04-17
Languages
Polish
Formats
Colour
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