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STARRING
Andrzej Kopiczynski, Wladyslaw Kowalski, Andrzej Lapicki
DIRECTED BY
Ewa and Czeslaw Petelski
SCREENPLAY
Waldemar Kotowicz
MPAA RATING
NR
RUNNING TIME
127 Mins.
DISTRIBUTED BY
FACETS/POLART
 "Red Rowan" Review 
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Directed by the husband-and-wife team of Czeslaw and Ewa Petelski, directors renowed for their historical and biographical dramas, Red Rowan offers an epic retelling of the Battle of Kolberg. It was during the Battle of Kolberg that Polish forces united with the Soviet army to take back the city from the Nazis towards the end of World War II. Red Rowan is seen largely through the eyes of three soldiers whose hopes and dreams are brought vividly to the forefront as the big battle looms ever closer.

Filmed originally in 1969, Red Rowan  will be released on home video on April 27, 2010 by the fine folks at FACETS Video in cooperation with Polart as part of the effort by FACETS to preserve on DVD rare and groundbreaking cinema.

Filmed in black-and-white in Polish with English subtitles, Red Rowan features an outstanding performance from Andrzej Lapicki and the rest of the ensemble cast in one of the earlier and finer examples of a war film that captures the very human side of war and, as well, an approach at exploring the political and social justice issues involved.

The camera work by Krzysztof Winiewicz is crisp and vibrant, and Jerzy Maksymiuk's original score thunders alongside Waldemar Kotowicz's complex, multi-layered script based upon his own novel. As wondrous in its humanity as it is during its epic scenes of battle, Red Rowan is a must-see film for war film connoisseurs.

DVD extras include a Directors Biography and Scene Selections. To pre-order Red Rowan, visit the Facets DVD website.

 
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