This is a admirable representation of Ogniem i Mieczem. The characters are well portrayed and the acting is great. The scenery is beautiful. Since the novel/movie are based on historical events, intertwined with fictional characters and events, With Fire and Sword is a classic of European cinema. Since I am of Polish ancestry I have a fondness for this subject. My ancestors were Polish nobility and participated in the historical events in this film. Izabella Scorupco is beautiful and a pleasure to watch. Zagloba and Longinus are the comic relief. Henryk Sienkiewicz's Zagloba is the possible alter-ego of Sienkiewicz's father in-law. Great charcter that turns up in the other books/movies he wrote. Same with Michal, Wolodyjowski. Funny how the characters of Zagloba and Wolodyjowski over the three movies in the trilogy (spanning 30 years) are all acted similar. Great movie, I highly recommend Ogniem i Mieczem!