Sunday, March 17, 2013

Painful Watching Taras Bulba

I often joke about my ethnicity being Guyanese. However, in reality it stems from the Jews living in the Poland Ukrainian frontier. Watching Taras Bulba and the mythical accounts of noble Cossack and criminal Poles and no mention of Jews was absurd.

Poles were quite effective cavalry men with a well established traditions. Polish cavalry would make short work of Cossack in a pitched battle.  Their abuse of Jews should be treated in a manner similar to the KKK. 

The film is an insult to the Poles and Jews of the region. Although Yul Brynner and Tony Curtis make the film watchable it should be treated as a farce. If you are a fan of either it is the only reason to watch this film.


Ducky's here said...

Why are you watching that junk?

Go down to Film Forum, they're showing Fritz Lang's "M".

beakerkin said...

I want to point out this film is dreadful despite the fine efforts of Curtis and Brynner. Ultimately, this film cost Curtis his marriage to Vivian Lee as he got his 17 year old film star pregnant. However, in fairness to Curtis this was his ex wife's third marriage and both were at the end of their careers.

sonia said...

Vivian Lee ?

How about Vivian Leigh ?

Or rather... Janet Leigh ?

Laurence Olivier would have a fit if he learned that his wife was married to Tony Curtis...

Similarly, Jamie Lee Curtis would be quite surprised to learn that her mother played Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone With The Wind"...

beakerkin said...

Look at the time the comment was made.
I was fatigued and I don't claim to be a film buff. Corrections noted.

Your take on the film would have been interesting as Poles were depicted like brutes and Jews were invisible.