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Legendary Polish director Andrzej Wajda proved himself as ambitious as ever at the age of 73 with this lavish period drama based on the 19th century epic poem by Adam Mickiewicz, considered by many to be one of the greatest works of Polish literature. Set in Lithuania during the Napoleonic era, the story concerns a feud between two families of Polish gentry living under Russian rule. A plot rich with heartbreak, violence, combat and vengeance unfolds as the Polish people wait to see if Napoleon's invasion of Russia will lead to the restoration of Polish statehood. In Polish with English subtitles.

Andrzej Wajda---Poland---1999---157 mins.