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134 Lafayette: The Lost Hero
A historical detective story: Who was Lafayette? Why did he come to America? How did we forget him?


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Overview

Genre

History, Adventure, Biography, Social Issues, and Docu-Drama

Synopsis

No one in recorded history has suffered a fate quite like Gilbert de Lafayette. Once, he was the most famous man in the world; today, few people know who he was or what he accomplished. Ever since he died, there has been a conflict over the meaning of his accomplishments. It is time to re-evaluate his crucial role in the establishment of America’s democracy.

Lafayette: The Lost Hero…

• Is a historical detective story investigating the questions: Who was the Marquis de Lafayette? Why did he come to America? How did we forget him?

• Tells the story of the life and legend of an intriguing, neglected, and controversial figure who left France at the age of 19 and fought courageously for the independence of the United States.

• Rediscovers the untold story of Lafayette’s wife, Adrienne de Noailles, and an arranged marriage that turned into a great romance and a partnership in revolution.

• Explores the Enlightenment ideals Lafayette fought for.

Treatment

Show treatment

Stage

finished

Running time

55 or 56 minutes

Credits

Oren Jacoby ... Producer, Director, Writer

Production Details

Prod. Co.

Storyville Films

Country

United States

Production years

2

Locations

Paris & Auvergne, France; Virginia, Pennsylvania, & New York, USA

Prod. Partners

The Documentary Group

Distribution Details

Release year

2010

Distribution

PBS Home Video, Arté, WETA - presenting station for PBS

Language

English & French

Subtitles

English subtitles for French dialogue