Skip to comments.The Second Siege of Vienna
Posted on 10/08/2012 3:32:39 PM PDT by bubbacluck
This looks like it may be an interesting movie; coming out Friday the 12th in Poland, hopefully here soon.
Here’s the link for the trailer.
Wonder if it will touch off riots in the Middle East?
That was my first thought as well.
Was this dubbed in English, or was it filmed in English? It looks good - I hope it’s released in the states at some point. How prophetic - Sept. 11?
Fought on September 11, 1683, so next year on 9/11 will be the 330th anniversary.
Been waiting awhile for this one. Hope they did a good job on it.
If Hussein is still President, he’ll probably ban it. As he said at the UN, there’s no future for those who insult the prophet of Islam.
Based on the trailer it looks to have been filmed in English with Polish subtitles. But maybe it was dubbed. If so it was dubbed well.
The Winged Hussars!!!!!!!!!
Islam only rose again after it gained access to a new form of unearned wealth -- oil.
Looking at this, I have a feeling that this particular date was chosen for Osama's 9/11 attacks because of this battle, with the 9/11 attack being the opening battle of the resumption of the war of Islamic expansion.
Except for F. Murray Abraham all of the actors and the entire production seem to be Polish. Which is wonderful. A Hollywood production would probably portray the Janissary horde as the good guys. This film and a reminder of the history of this endless (1,400 years) war is very timely.
Movie watching bookmark.
Very interesting. Happen to be reading John Stoye’s “The Siege of Vienna” right now. Did not know this was in the works.
It’s easy to NOT understand the timing of this. This was NOT the Dark Ages. This was the late 17th Century. By this time, England had thriving colonies in the New World, and Newton was hard at work, getting the final mathematical pieces in place to launch the Industrial Revolution.
This was Vienna, Austria, not a little podunk town in the sticks. If this city fell, that was the end of Central Europe (they were “it” at the time), and probably the end of the rest of Europe. And believe me, there would not be an Internet, or even computers, today.
This is an AMAZING story and I’m glad to see Poland, rather than Hollywood is re-telling it.
A Hollywood production would be horrible, unless its made by Mel Gibson.
I visited Vienna again last time. Took my 26 year old son (2nd Lt.) to the top of the Kahlen Berg from which King Jan Sobieski launched his charge of Winged Hussars. There is a great little church up there with a wonderful monument to the Poles and their king (to whom we are all indebted).
With all due respect, the 1683 siege is somewhat exaggerated in importance. The Turks had in fact been in decline, relative to Europe, economically and militarily, since at least 1600.
Had they indeed taken Vienna, they would have been completely unable to hold it, as it was quite literally as far as they could travel in a campaigning season from their base in Constantinople. Logistics made holding Vienna quite impossible for them.
The Siege was a classic example of imperial overstretch, where the empire over-extends itself and causes its own collapse. That the empire was not indeed healthy and just barely defeated can be easily seen by the great Turkish losses of territory over the ensuing 15 years of war.
The first Siege, in 1529, was a much more dangerous time for Europe and the West, as the West was much weaker relative to the Ottomans at the time, and might indeed not have been able to withstand continued Muslims assault.
I suspect that this may be yet another Polish production of one of Sienkiewicz’ historical novels.
It may be this one -
The Poles have produced quite a lot of Sienkiewicz’ stuff. Full of melodrama and cavalry charges. Lots of great cinema material there. From what I’ve seen quite faithful to the books, though the Polish productions were sometimes a bit underfunded.
Freedom is that important.