Cast & Crew
In 1939, as Nazi tanks cross the Polish border, a Polish cavalry captain acquires a beautiful white mare called Lotna from the bedridden owner of a deserted country estate. When the captain is killed, Lotna drags his body back to the remains of his regiment. Lots are drawn for the horse, and she passes into the hands of an ensign whose squadron is temporarily quartered in a village. There the ensign marries a young schoolteacher, Ewa, whom he had known in childhood. As the villagers celebrate the wedding, the depleted Polish infantry passes by in retreat. The following morning Lotna runs off, and the ensign is killed while attempting to retrieve her. A lieutenant next rides Lotna in a desperate attack against the still-advancing Germans. Following the battle, a sergeant-major finds the horse standing by the prostrate body of the lieutenant. He takes her and rides away, but he drives Lotna too hard and breaks one of her legs. The sergeant-major shoots her and buries her under a pine tree.
Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra
Released in Poland in September 1959.