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Foreign Film - Poland - Major Hubal

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Major Hubal
Ryszard Pilipski, Malgorzata Potocka, Tadeusz Janczar
Directed by Bohdan Poreba
Poland 1973
Polart Video 2007 130 minutes

Major Hubal, a foreign film DVD from Poland, looks exactly like your cliché art house foreign movie: somewhat grainy with the occasional artifact on the screen, subtitles that read a little off from time to time, and that weird classical sounding music that doesn’t quite work. Major Hubal is based on a true story. The VHS quality print does not get in the way of enjoying something few WW II movie fans can see: a Polish war movie.

Also available at Polart Video

When Germany invades Poland in September 1939 the Polish cavalry is no match for Panzers. Major Hubal assembles remnants of various cavalry divisions into a resistance force that creates quite a few nightmares for the German army. Something

There is something oddly episodic about this foreign film DVD and moments perfect for a commercial break that makes it feel like a made-for-TV movie. I have no idea if this is the case however.

This is a low budget movie so you will not see a lot of German armament. There are also a great number of scenes where Hubal’s men ride from point A to point B to some heroic sounding tune. Action wise, there is more talk than fighting. There is one major battle scene but the heroic music gets in the way.

Major Hubal plays and looks like a B-movie, especially with the varying lighting. Still, if you are a war movie DVD aficionado and want an unheard WW II tale, this foreign film is interesting.

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