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The Cradle
The Cradle
Actors: Wojciech Pszoniak, Marek Bargielowski
Director: Jan Rybkowski
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
UR     2009     1hr 34min

This historical epic covers the beginning of the Polish state under the reign of Mieszko I, who extended the country s borders, became allies with Emperor Otto I, and strengthened the country s autonomy through his victory...  more »


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Actors: Wojciech Pszoniak, Marek Bargielowski
Director: Jan Rybkowski
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Studio: Polart
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 03/24/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/1974
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1974
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 34min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Polish
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

A movie about Mieszko I, the first historic ruler of Poland
Richard J. Brzostek | New England, USA | 01/25/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The Cradle (Gniazdo) is movie about Mieszko I, the first historic ruler of Poland. Because there are a lot of details to take in, I would say The Cradle is a film in which one has to pay attention to the fine points in order to understand everything that is going on (or watch it more than once). Although the various groups might look similar, taking note of the helmets may help distinguish them. The story has a few layers to it with flashbacks to earlier times that fill us in on the events that precede the present.

The film begins just before the decisive Battle of Cedyna in 972. In a feavored state, Mieszko is tormented by guilt in not keeping his word to his father. His father wanted Mieszko's brother to rule and aviod contact with the West, thinking it was safer to keep secluded. Ignoring his father's wish, Mieszko expanded his land to the shore from the Oder to the Wisla once he became ruler. A witch advises Mieszko to convice his father's spirit of his intentions in order to win the battle.

As Mieszko reflects on his life, we see fashbacks of his past which help us understand him and how he got to the point he is now. This includes the events that led up to Mieszko's baptizm in 966, which Christianized his land. His motivation to convert may not have been spiritual but political as many of his neighbors were Christian.

Although I wouldn't consider The Cradle an epic, Mieszko's life is colorful enough to easly make one recounting it. Films such as this one are great because they allow one to get familiar with history even though some of the details may not be quite right. I would recommend The Cradle for those who enjoy history."
Ronald Ostrowski | 01/30/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)

"There seemed to be no attempt to digitally remaster this film to DVD. The story treatment of Poland's first christian King (Miesko) was very poor despite the fine cast. I hope that someone like Jerzy Hoffman (who directed the 'Fire with Sword' and 'The Deluge') does a remake. Miesko and his son Boguslaw the Brave both forged Poland into a powerful European state, which subsequently became a powerful empire stretching from the Baltic to the Black sea during the golden age of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

For people of Polish extraction like me or for those very few others in, the English speaking world, interested in Polish History this film is disjointed and not pleasant to watch. It also requires a prior knowledge of Miesko and his deeds to follow what is going on.

Ron Ostrowski, Canberra Australia"
Ronald Ostrowski | 01/30/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)

"While this movie covers a period of history that gets no attention on this side of the pond it was slow moving and the action scenes were rather dull. Interesting but not someyhing that I would watch a second time. Kind of regret buying this one."