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Richard Monte presents the forthcoming Polish film adaptation of Quo Vadis.

Henryk Sienkiewicz is arguably Poland’s best  known novelist outside his home country. His fame rests on one book, the novel Quo Vadis (first published in 1896), which has been translated into forty-eight languages and published in more than eighty countries. It is essentially a love story set in first-century Rome, in which the early Christians struggle against the might of the pagan Roman Empire. Although it has been the inspiration for numerous films, including the Hollywood production fifty years ago, until now it has never been adapted for the big screen in Poland. This month a major new adaptation by the Polish film director, Jerzy Kawalerowicz and the Chronos Film Production Company, will bring Quo Vadis to a new international audience. To coincide with the premier, an exhibition will open at the Warsaw National Museum, looking at the way in which Polish artists were inspired by the novel and its depiction of ancient Rome.

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