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#1 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 01 May 2008 - 01:49 AM

I remember as a kid seeing Taras Bulba (1962) and how much the film effected me. I mainly remembered the scene where Taras shot his son for treason OR at least I thought I did. I recently saw the film again and was impressed with it's cinematography though unfortunately it was a pan and scanned version and I can only imagine at the grandeur of the scope version. The most surprising thing to me was how different the actual scene of Andrei Bulba (Tony Curtis) being shot by Taras Bulba (Yul Brynner) his father was from the way I remembered it. In my remembrance, the armor was black with gold trim, much more ornate and the camera angles were different. Could I be remembering a different film or did I simply "re-direct" this scene in my mind? :unsure:

Also does anyone else have any comments on this film? B)
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Posted 01 May 2008 - 02:51 AM

I remember seeing it a couple of times when it was released at the cinema ,loved it great sweeping epic on the Panavision screen stirring Elmer Bernstein music , if i remember it was shot on location in Argentina cant remember anything about the amor .
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#3 Leo Anthony Vale

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Posted 01 May 2008 - 02:36 PM

Also does anyone else have any comments on this film? B)


I remember Tony Curtis's armor fairly well. Simple, silverish over blue clothes.

Armor was a major critereon of mine for judging historical movies.

Here's a new Russian 'Taras Bulba' where the armor is more ornate and the Polish hussars have the wings on their armor:

http://twitchfilm.ne...sitively-stuns/

Wsa annoyed that the Poles were the bad guys and loved the cheesey effects.

The matte painting of the chasm, the miniature horses jumpimg over it, the miniature Polish army falling into it and the blue screen CUs of Yul Brynner. Oh, and his musical number.

In "Solomon and Sheba" Yul tricks a charging army into falling into a chasm.

While trying to think of other films with Tony Curtis in armor, I came up with 'The Vikings' and 'The Black Shield of Falworth'.

'The Vikings' is black, but leather over string mail. Posted Image

The cuffs of his string mail are frayed. Startling for such an expensive movie.

Kirk Douglas' is similar, but slightly more ornate.

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'The Black Shield of Falworth' has bland full plate armor. Posted Image
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