Pan Tadeusz / Pan Tadeusz: The Last Foray in Lithuania

TitlePan Tadeusz / Pan Tadeusz: The Last Foray in Lithuania
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsWajda, Andrzej
Running Time2h 27m
Date Released10/22/1999
Publication LanguagePolish

This movie by director Andrzej Wajda tells the story of Poles who fight for the liberation of their divided and occupied homeland in the era of the Napoleonic Wars. It is based on the eponymous epic poem by Polish poet, writer and philosopher Adam Mickiewicz (1798–1855). As in the poem, the conflict between the Soplica and Horeszko families serves as a backdrop for discussion of issues of Polish national unity and the struggle for independence. In the early 1810s, Poles, part of Russia's client state of Lithuania, think the independence of Poland will come if they join forces with Napoleon, when he invades Russia. This unity of purpose, is undermined by two families, feuding since the head of one shot the head of the other twenty years before.

Original PublicationPan Tadeusz
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