Sunday, July 03, 2011

The Deluge

What better way to absorb history than sitting back and watching a handsome rascal and a pretty maiden brighten dreary events? In the case, the event is the Swedish invasion of Poland in the 17th century--what Poles call "Potop" or The Deluge. One quarter of the population died. (Yes, the Swedes were once the bloodiest interlopers in Europe. Perhaps it was their brush with the Poles that reformed them?) No matter: it's a splendid film, sprawling across two disks and more than five hours. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford

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