As helmed by director Vladimir Bortko, this Russian-language saga dramatizes the life and experiences of Taras Bulba, a 16th century Cossack leader from Ukraine. Bulba spends his days fighting the Poles, who are oppressing the Ukrainians of the day, and makes his most calculating move by sending his son to study in Poland, so that the boy can learn the ways of the oppressing country. Once there, however, the boy promptly falls in love with a Polish noblewoman. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian Cossacks must fiercely stand their ground as Polish armies close in. Bulba's story was previously told in an eponymous 1962 drama by J. Lee Thompson that starred Yul Brynner and Tony Curtis. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
I really love when some "smarty pants" discuss the "Russian Propaganda". It's not Russian movie, it's Ukrainian. And the budget of the movie is HUGE for Ukrainian movie industry: $25,000,000 (estimated). Do not even try to compare such movies with blockbusters. It's international movie and it's really good as foreign movie. I definitely think it worth to watch it. Regards, G
The film was partly financed by the Russian Ministry of Culture and has been criticized in Ukraine for being a part of political propaganda "resembling leaflets for Putin" . While the Polish characters in the movie speak Polish, the Ukrainian Cossacks are presented as speaking only Russian.
The director Vladimir Bortko has also stated that the movie was aimed to show that "there is no separate Ukraine".Original manuscript first edition of 1835 was not used but the author's edition of 1842 (considered more pro-Russian, expanded and rewritten , was used for the film. Also, there are added scenes of Polish brutality that are not in the book. I just have one phrase to describe this movie: Russian propaganda
I was wondering which side of the debate was more accurate - this is total, obvious, Russian propaganda. Nauseatingly so. Eye rollingly so. The whole thing ends in a big swell of music and a speech about the indomnible spirit and strength of the Russian people.