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Lafayette: The Lost Hero
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With Lafayette's triumphant "return tour" of the United States in the 1820s, he became one of the most important and admired figures in post-Revolutionary America. This documentary chronicles Lafayette's dramatic life story, his enduring ideals and influence on both countries during the Revolutionary War as explored by filmmaker Oren Jacoby.
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This DVD chronicles the life of Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier de La Fayette, Marquis de La Fayette , or simply Lafayette, beginning with his early life on his family estate. Losing his father at an early age, he was separated from his mother and his childhood seems to have been a lonely one. The movie tells the story of his coming of age, marriage, and his desire to follow the family tradition of martial glory in the king's armies.
His story takes a turn when he learns of the American cause and is recruited by American diplomat Silas Deane and sent to America as a 21-year old major general! Initially, George Washington saw him as simply another foreigner seeking fame and glory but had been encouraged to accept him as someone who could help to provide support for the American cause in the French court. As time went on, as Lafayette proven himself, I think the childless Washington came to see the young Frenchman as a son even as the young Lafayette obviously looked up to Washington as the father-figure he never had.
the DVD covers his exploits in the Revolutionary war as well as his involvement in the democratic movement in France. Unfortunately, Lafayette was seen by the nobility as a traitor and by the radical egalitarians as a hated aristocrat. In the end, Lafayette was run out of France and imprisoned in Austria where he was eventually joined by his beloved wife Adrienne and their two daughters.
I think this is an excellent documentary recounting the life of a young French aristocrat who fought on the side of American liberty and deserves to be remembered for his contributions. I can't think of any negatives in this DVD and recommend it with five stars.
The French through Lafayett helped America win the war from the British, & America got its Independence, the adoption of the Declearation of Independence was declared in 1776.
France gave us the Statue of Liberty in 1886
America helped deliver France from the German invasion during World War II, in 1944 I believe. Amazing don't you think?