The first Polish historical blockbuster and the most viewed Polish movie of all times, Black Cross features battles galore, political maneuvering, and tragic love set in medieval times. Based on the novel written in the thick of the Germanization program, Black Cross depicts the heroic Polish campaign against the invading Order of the Teutonic Knights. Devoid of anachronisms, Aleksander Ford's creation was masterfully produced as a grand historical epic. The film garnered 14 million viewers in the first four years after release, earning export to 46 different countries.
1960 Złota Kaczka (Golden Duck Award, presented by the monthly Film) for best film.
Cast & Crew
Directed by Aleksander Ford. Written by Aleksander Ford and Jerzy Stefan Stawiński, based on the novel by Henryk Sienkiewicz. Cinematography by Mieczysław Jahoda. Production design by Roman Mann. Editing by Alina Faflik and Mirosława Garlicka. Music by: Kazimierz Serocki. Production management: Zygmunt Król. Produced by Zespół Filmowy Studio. © Cyfrowe Repozytorium Filmowe. Cast: Urszula Modrzyńska (Jagienka), Grażyna Staniszewska (Danusia), Andrzej Szalawski (Jurand of Spychów), Henryk Borows- ki (Siegfried de Löwe), Aleksander Fogiel (Maćko of Bogdaniec), Mieczysław Kalenik (Zbyszko of Bogdaniec), Emil Karewicz (Wladyslaw II Jagiełło- King of Poland and Lithuania), Tadeusz Kosudarski (Brother Rotgier).