"Ballas of the Hussar" Movie Review

  • In honor of the forthcoming WGA Russian Napoleonics I give you a review of the Soviet cinema classic "Hussar Ballad."

    It is 1812 and Napoleon marches deep into Russia.  It is a time for all brave Russian men to turn forth and defend the Motherland.  All brave Russian men and one woman.

    Alexandra Azarova is young Russian noble woman.

    Donning the uniform of a Hussar and disguising herself as a man she rides towards the sound of the guns.  She finds a wounded Officer and is tasked by him to complete his mission of carrying a message to the Army.  Dodging French heavy cavalry she delivers the message to the Army's ranking Officer and wins a place on the staff.  Her military career has begun.