Pan Tadeusz: The Last Foray in Lithuania (1999)

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In the early 1810s, Poles, part of Russia's client state of Lithuania, think independence will come if they join forces with Napoleon when he invades Russia. This unity of purpose, in one ... See full summary »


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27 February 2000 | mark-152
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| A marvelous, rollicking tale - visually stunning
Although I am Polish by extraction, I had never read or been told the story of this great, early 19th century Polish classic poem. To my delight the tale of rustic Lithuania, at the time of Napoleon is exciting, warm, tender and just sweeps you off your feet.

The dialogue is drawn directly from the poem so it is in rhyming couplets. The acting styles and set design marvelously match the romantic, expressive language. The poem was published in 1834 and Adam Miczkiewicz was, I understand, influenced by Walter Scott. The English subtitles fail the film badly. They should have taken the risk of using a translation in a similar style. Unfortunately, for a non-Polish speaking person, I expect it is like watching Shakespeare translated into the language of the evening news. It looks terrific but a lot of the richness is missed.

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Release Date:

21 January 2000

Language

Polish


Country of Origin

Poland, France

Filming Locations

Józefów, Mazowieckie, Poland

Box Office

Budget:

PLN12,500,000 (estimated)

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