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Lafayette: The Lost Hero

This one-hour documentary chronicles the life and legend of Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, the Marquis de Lafayette — an intriguing, neglected, and controversial figure from both the American and French Revolutions who at one time was the most famous man in the world.  The film examines why a wealthy young French aristocrat would leave the comforts of the court to help a fledgling nation on another continent fight for independence, the nature of the daring path he then set upon, and how the concept of liberty steered so many choices in his life. 

 

“Lafayette: The Lost Hero” will be broadcast on PBS stations nationwide on Monday, September 13 at 10 p.m. ET (check local listings).

 

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Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834) (represented in 1792, age 35), 1834 (oil on canvas) by Joseph-Désiré Court.

Credit: © RÈunion des MusÈes Nationaux / Art Resource

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Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834), c.1781-85 (oil on canvas) by Francesco Giuseppe Casanova (c.1732-1803).

Credit: © Collection of the New-York Historical Society, USA/ The Bridgeman Art Library

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Filmmakers recreate scenes from the American Revolution for Lafayette: The Lost Hero.

Credit: Courtesy Storyville Films.

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Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834), 1788 (oil on canvas) by Louis-Leopold Boilly.

Credit: Photo by Daniel Arnaudet/Jean Schormans / © RÈunion des MusÈes Nationaux / Art Resource

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Life Mask of Marquis de Lafayette by Jean-Antoine Houdon, 1785-86.  The Virginia legislature originated the project, and Thomas Jefferson helped select the artist.

Credit: Photograph courtesy of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. © Cornell University.

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Filmmakers recreate scenes from the American Revolution for Lafayette: The Lost Hero.

Credit: Courtesy Storyville Films.

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Bust of Marquis de Lafayette by Jean Antoine Houdon on exhibit at the Worcester Art Museum. 

Credit: Photo by Nina Leen/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images.

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Filmmakers at work shooting a reenactment for Lafayette: The Lost Hero.

Credit: Courtesy Storyville Films.

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The city of Paris displays Lafayette’s image against the Chateau de Vincennes, in honor of his 250th birthday.

Credit: Photo by Thomas Beckner / Courtesy Storyville Films.

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Filmmakers at work shooting a reenactment of a Virginia campaign for Lafayette: The Lost Hero.

Credit: Photo by Thomas Beckner / Courtesy Storyville Films.

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Matthew Keagle portrays Lafayette as filmmakers recreate scenes from the American Revolution for Lafayette: The Lost Hero.   

 

 

Credit: Photo by Thomas Beckner / Courtesy Storyville Films.

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