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    Anonymous

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    This thread is dedicated to Slavic paganism in movies. Please post here movies from your countries based on Slavic legends, mythology and/or history. One I want to share to begin with is Stara Baśń (Ancient Tale). Some of you might have seen this already.

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    It is based on Polish folk tale of same name (I have this book also), and very well portrayed in this movie.

    Here is trailer:

    Stara Baśń Najlepsze Sceny

    Here is summary/review of this movie in English:

    The movie deals with the time in Poland before the triumph of Christianity.  The various Slavic tribes were not united politically and they worshipped different gods.  The tribes also would fight against each other.  A prince named Popiel receives a prophecy that he will be destroyed by rats.  He rejects the prophecy and continues his usual course.  He has a wife who was once a slave.  She is an extremely ambitious woman living her life through her young son.  The princess wants her son to be the next archduke and she is willing to do almost anything to make sure he attains the position.  There are, however, a great many obstacles in the way.  So she tells her husband to take care of them. 

    Popiel has two nephews.  Following his wife's demands, he steals the knife of one of the nephews, murders the other nephew and blames it on the still living nephew.  This eliminates the nephews from the competition.  The influential men in the society, however, oppose the idea of Popiel's son becoming archduke because the boy's mother was a slave.  In order to eliminate this opposition, the princess poisons the drink that the influential men then drink at the supposed death bed of Popiel.  They all die and Popiel pops up from the death bed very much alive. 

    The commander of Popiel's army, Piastun, has to dispose of the corpses.  He noticed when one of the dogs licked the lips of one of the poisoned men, the dog died.  Piastun is so disgusted with this and the prince and princess that he leaves the service of  Popiel.  This infuriates Popiel and he sends some assassins to eliminate Piastun.  The army commander, however, is saved by a young hunter/warrior, Ziemowit Pastowic.

    Ziemowit falls in love with the beautiful Dziwa, but her family is opposed to the idea.  Her father, Wisz, a wealthy local merchant, has already decided that Dziwa would become a temple priestess.  After the father is killed by Popiel's men, Ziemowit asks the brothers for the hand of their sister, but they decide to honor the wishes of their father.  On horseback Ziemowit grabs Dziwa and rides away with her.  Surprise, surprise.  She stabs Ziemowit with a knife and he falls off his horse. 

    Dziwa reports to the holy island and the temple to proceed according to her father's wishes.  Meanwhile, Ziemowit is nursed back to health by the local sorceress.  Once he is healthy, he comes looking for Dziwa.  He does not have any better luck convincing Dziwa to come with him.  When he returns from the temple, a local girl uses a love potion on him given to her by the sorceress.  He falls for the girl, but the Viking force hired by Popiel raids the village and the local girl is killed. 

    The Vikings try to destroy the forces of the combined Slavic tribes.  Piastun and Ziemowit worked out a good defensive plan and resist the Viking assault.  The fight starts to balance out as far as the number of casualties and a decision is made to pit the most powerful Viking warrior against the most powerful Slavic warrior.  Piastun offers himself, but Ziemowit intervenes to become the warrior to fight the Viking.  The Viking warrior is absolutely huge; maybe two to three times as big as Ziemowit.  But Ziemowit manages to kill his opponent with a arrow shot into the left eye.   

    The tribes had a difficult time deciding on a leader.  Disunited as they were, they had made a disastrous assault on Popiel's fort.  Piastun tried to stop them, but they did not listen to him.  After this disaster, Piastun's successful command against the Vikings and the intervention of the high priest, the tribes decide to appoint Piastun as their leader.  He lays siege to the fort.  They burn the wooden part of the fort forcing Popiel to retire into the fortified stone tower.  Popiel thinks he can outlast the siege because he has stored huge amounts of wheat in the tower.  To insure her and her son's survival, the princess stirs up a batch of poisoned wheat which she feds to many of the civilians in the stone tower.  The civilians die and their bodies are thrown into the water surrounding the fort.  Imagine Popiel's surprise when he learns that the wheat is almost all gone.  He investigates the situation for himself and finds hundreds of rats swarming over the wheat remnants.  And what is worse for the princess, her hungry son eats some of the poisoned wheat and dies.  It is then that Popiel goes to the top of the fort and curses his god.  A bolt of lightning strikes him and the fort destroying both. 

    The high priest now approves of the marriage of Ziemowit and Dziwa and the brothers give up their opposition to the match.  The couple lives happily ever after.  Their descendants came to accept Christianity. 

    http://www.vernonjohns.org/snuffy1186/when%20the%20sun%20was%20god.html

    This movie has been released in several countries.

    Poland:

    [img width=531 height=700]http://www.moviegoods.com/Assets/product_images/1020/478403.1020.A.jpg”/>

    Russia:

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    Germany:

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    America:

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    Japan:

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    I will post some screenshots in next post.

    #358232

    Anonymous

    Screenshots from Stara Baśń.

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    Interesting also is that Viking club in Poland (Jomsborg – http://www.jomsborg.pl/udzial_w_filmach.php) was used to portray Vikings in this movie (they have taken part in many others also across Europe).

    [img width=700 height=493]http://www.jomsborg.pl/galeria/29/stara_basn_05_d.jpg”/>

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    [img width=700 height=493]http://www.jomsborg.pl/galeria/29/stara_basn_04_d.jpg”/>

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    [img width=700 height=486]http://www.zodiakfilm.pl/images/cms_images/stara_basn_1/sb_0053.jpg”/>

    #358233

    Anonymous

    Why is the name of the movie totally different in German? Die Wikinger – Angriff der Nordmänner. I saw the movie in Czech and they mixed the name -> Staré báje Vikingů (Ancient tales of the Vikings). I found it totally incorrect.

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    #358234

    Anonymous

    Good question, Svätoslavka, I am not sure. Indeed it has nothing to do with what story is about.

    I suppose to some degree, "Wikinger" and "Nordmänner" could apply also to Slavs, since we are also Northern Europeans by origin and there were Slavic vikings also (Varangians, Rus', Jomsborgs and Vinds), so it can still be tolerated IMO in general.

    But this story indeed is Slavic tale and not Viking saga.

    #358235

    Anonymous

    Please, Wilkolak, if you know some active link for downloading Stara Baśń movie, send me. I watched it, it's good.



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    "For those who loves history movies must see this one. Action occurs in VI century,on the sunset of the Roman empire .

    Film narrates about the first victories of the Slavs above the nomads, and then combined by an ancient Russians tribes headed by By Ratibor by the son Of Vseslava,above Byzantium.

    In the first part of film shows the attack Of khazars on one of the Russian cities.After attack the leader of this city decides that Russian tribes necessary to make a union against khazars, otherwise the enemies will not stop. He calls council, the part of the tribes to agrees to help him others doesn't.

    In the second part Russian tribes fighting with the khazars and defeating them, earlier they makes peace agreement with the Byzantium butt the Byzantium betrayed them so the tribes decides to attack them to and and they seize Konstantinopol the capital of the empire."

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-B10zdwsuJ0#ws

    #358236

    Anonymous

    Dervan

    here is a torrent I downloaded it from a couple of months ago, not sure if it still works but you can try.

    http://www.speedyshare.com/files/28635180/Stara_basn.torrent

    #358237

    Anonymous

    Dervan

    I trust filestube for downloads, so here is page: http://www.filestube.com/search.html?q=Stara+Basn&select=All
    They are likely all active and good quality. Also, like Jelen posted, I am sure there is many torrent sites.
    I have original DVD though, so I have never had to look online, but try those links.

    BTW I have never heard even of that Russian movie. It looks great! Old Slavic movies rule!!!

    #358238

    Anonymous
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    Dervan
    here is a torrent I downloaded it from a couple of months ago, not sure if it still works but you can try.
    http://www.speedyshare.com/files/28635180/Stara_basn.torrent

    Dead link, but thanks anyway. I downloaded movie.

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    Dervan
    I trust filestube for downloads, so here is page: http://www.filestube.com/search.html?q=Stara+Basn&select=All
    They are likely all active and good quality. Also, like Jelen posted, I am sure there is many torrent sites.
    I have original DVD though, so I have never had to look online, but try those links.
    BTW I have never heard even of that Russian movie. It looks great! Old Slavic movies rule!!!

    Yes, that Russian movie is great, I saw new, blue-rayed version of it.

    #358239

    Anonymous

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RQ60viTRsw#ws

    You have to check this out, this is not a movie but it's a new expensive high quality production documentary on early Croatian kingdom and how our country started. It follows the story from Croatian settling this area to forming the first Croatian kingdom. It has a lot of Slavic pagan elements and follows our history to the part where Croats get christianized and so on… in short this will be a blast for all of you that love barbarian, medieval and such footage…a candy for eyes.

    The series will start soon, in next few days on our TV…can't w8.

    #358240

    Anonymous

    Excellent video, Pentaz! I would like to see this documentary as well sometime.

    I assume from what I see is Slavic tribes first at war with Celt-Illyrians, then later after Christianization against Avars and then finally against Turks, or do I see it wrong?

    BTW Wasn't there some movie also coming out from Croatia about history of Croatian people? I think you posted it on SF once.

    #358241

    Anonymous
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    Excellent video, Pentaz! I would like to see this documentary as well sometime.

    I assume from what I see is Slavic tribes first at war with Celt-Illyrians, then later after Christianization against Avars and then finally against Turks, or do I see it wrong?

    BTW Wasn't there some movie also coming out from Croatia about history of Croatian people? I think you posted it on SF once.

    That's the one i posted, thought it finally now going to be released, it's a movie-documentary. Anyway, i don't know for that first fighting, it might be some inter-Slavic conflict because i doubt it was with celto-Illyrians because Croats were called as help from a Roman Emperor to take and settle this land and defend it from Avars so the Celto-Illyrian <-> Slavic meeting was friendly. I have no idea who is in the first battle scene, will see when it comes out, i'm sure there will be uploads on internet so i'll pass it to you friend!

    #358242

    Anonymous

    Pentaz, do you know what's up with that show, last information I got (not very reliable information) is that it's been postponed until autumn, do you know more perhaps?

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    Anonymous
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    The link does not work any more. :(  I'd like to see it too.

    #358244

    Anonymous
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    Pentaz, do you know what's up with that show, last information I got (not very reliable information) is that it's been postponed until autumn, do you know more perhaps?

    Hmm i'm not sure… the series is complete and it should start rolling soon. They're probably polishing it, who knows.

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    The link does not work any more. :(  I'd like to see it too.

    Try this one Swaty… thought this one is bad quality, that one was much better and longer.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9wk2FUUJRc#

    #358245

    Anonymous

    Hvala, Pentaz… looks great :)

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