Taras Bulba (2009 film)
|Directed by||Vladimir Bortko|
|Distributed by||Central Partnership (Russia)|
Taras Bulba (Russian: Тарас Бульба) is a historical drama film, based on the novel Taras Bulba by Nikolai Gogol. The movie was filmed on different locations in Ukraine such as Zaporizhia, Khotyn and Kamianets-Podilsky as well as in Poland. The official release was rescheduled several times; at first for the spring of 2008 but was finally released on April 2, 2009, to coincide with Gogol’s bicentennial. The author's edition of 1842 (considered more pro-Russian), expanded and rewritten (into the text most readers know), was used for the film.
- Bohdan Stupka - Taras Bulba
- Igor Petrenko - Andriy Bulba
- Vladimir Vdovichenkov - Ostap Bulba
- Magdalena Mielcarz - Panna Elzhbeta
- Mikhail Boyarsky - Cossack Moisei Shilo
- Vladimir Ilyin - Kurennoy Ataman
- Yury Belyayev - Koshevoy Kirdaga
- Ada Rogovtseva - Taras Bulba's wife
- Boris Khmelnitsky - Beard
- Daniel Olbrychski - Krasnevsky
- Sergey Bezrukov - Narrator
- Liubomiras Laucevičius - Polish Duke
The Russians and Ukrainians are the same people and Ukraine is the southern part of the Rus'. They cannot exist without us and we cannot without them. Now we are two states and also in the past there were such periods. The Ukrainian soil belonged to the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and to Poland. But the people who lived on both territories were always one people. Gogol understood that well and always spoke of it.
The film was also cautiously watched in Poland, where its possible anti-Polish character was widely discussed and its propagandist elements examined. This was enhanced by the fact that the filmmakers added some scenes depicting Polish brutality to the original plot by Gogol. The cover of the US DVD edition (titled The Conqueror) has the tagline "Between Fire and the Sword Lies a Hero", a possible underhand reference to Polish historical fiction book and film With Fire and Sword (Polish: Ogniem i mieczem).
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- Cover on Amazon.com