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Director:
Writers:
Jean-Claude Carrière (scenario)
Stanislawa Przybyszewska (based on the play by: "L'Affaire Danton/Sprawa Dantona")
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Release Date:
12 January 1983 (France) See more »
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Plot:
Action opens in November of 1793, with Danton returning to Paris from his country retreat upon learning that the Committee for Public Safety... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won BAFTA Film Award. Another 7 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Wajda's French masterpiece See more (26 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Gérard Depardieu ... Danton
Wojciech Pszoniak ... Robespierre
Anne Alvaro ... Éléonore Duplay
Roland Blanche ... Lacroix

Patrice Chéreau ... Camille Desmoulins (as Patrice Chereau)
Emmanuelle Debever ... Louison Danton
Krzysztof Globisz ... Amar

Ronald Guttman ... Herman
Gérard Hardy ... Tallien
Tadeusz Huk ... Couthon
Stéphane Jobert ... Panis
Marian Kociniak ... Lindet
Marek Kondrat ... Barère de Vieuzac
Boguslaw Linda ... Saint Just
Alain Macé ... Héron (as Alain Mace)
Bernard Maître ... Legendre
Lucien Melki ... Fabre d'Eglantine
Serge Merlin ... Philippeaux
Erwin Nowiaszek ... Collot d'Herbois (as Erwin Nowiaszak)
Leonard Pietraszak ... Carnot
Roger Planchon ... Fouquier-Tinville
Angel Sedgwick ... Frere Eleonore
Andrzej Seweryn ... Bourdon
Franciszek Starowieyski ... David
Jerzy Trela ... Billaud-Varenne
Jacques Villeret ... Westermann
Angela Winkler ... Lucile Desmoulins
Jean-Loup Wolff ... Herault de Seychelles
Czeslaw Wollejko ... Vadier
Wladimir Yordanoff ... Chef des gardes
Malgorzata Zajaczkowska ... Servante Duplay
Szymon Zaleski ... Lebas
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Artus de Penguern ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Andrzej Wajda 
 
Writing credits
Jean-Claude Carrière (scenario)

Stanislawa Przybyszewska (based on the play by: "L'Affaire Danton/Sprawa Dantona")

Andrzej Wajda (in collaboration with) and
Agnieszka Holland (in collaboration with) and
Boleslaw Michalek (in collaboration with) and
Jacek Gasiorowski (in collaboration with)

Produced by
Margaret Ménégoz .... producer (as Margaret Menegoz)
Barbara Pec-Slesicka .... producer
Emmanuel Schlumberger .... delegate producer
Renzo Rossellini .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Jean Prodromidès  (as Jean Prodromides)
 
Cinematography by
Igor Luther 
 
Film Editing by
Halina Prugar-Ketling 
 
Casting by
Marie-Christine Lafosse 
Henri Laurent 
 
Production Design by
Allan Starski 
 
Art Direction by
Gilles Vaster 
 
Set Decoration by
Jean Caromel 
Henri Lacoste 
Barbara Nowak 
Maria Osiecka-Kuminek 
 
Costume Design by
Yvonne Sassinot de Nesle 
 
Makeup Department
Anna Adamek .... hair stylist
Jacky Bouban .... makeup artist (as Jackie Bouban)
Renata Bukovska .... makeup artist
Ulla Gawalkiewicz .... hair stylist
Iwona Kaminska .... hair stylist (as Ywona Kaminska)
Elzbieta Malka .... hair stylist (as Elzbieta Malka-Hen)
Jacques Michel .... hair stylist
Jacky Reynal .... makeup artist (as Jackie Reynal)
 
Production Management
Patrick Bordier .... unit manager
Jean de Trégomain .... unit manager (as Jean De Tregomain)
Alain Depardieu .... production manager
Jean-Marc Deschamps .... unit manager
Anna Grot .... unit manager
Alina Klobukowska .... unit manager
Maciej Skalski .... unit manager
Laurent Thiery .... unit manager
Maciej Wojtulewicz .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Elsa Chabrol .... assistant director
Krystyna Grochowicz .... assistant director
Hugues de Laugardière .... assistant director (as Hugues De Laugardiere)
Michel Lisowski .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Conrad Chamberlain .... property master
Jacky Courtin .... property master
Laurent Coutellier .... property master (as Laurent Coutelier)
Guy Fabre .... property master
Jacques Flamand .... set dresser
Emil Kostecki .... property master
 
Sound Department
Bruno Charier .... sound
Louis Gimel .... sound
Dominique Hennequin .... sound
Gérard Lecas .... sound (as Gerard Lecas)
Zygmunt Nowak .... foley artist
Jean-Pierre Ruh .... sound
Piotr Zawadzki .... sound
John Marshall .... associate dubbing editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Louis Balthazard .... grip (as Louis Balthazar)
Stefano Guidi .... assistant camera
Jean-Claude Le Bras .... lighting technician (as Jean-Claude Lebras)
Renata Pajchel .... still photographer
Georges Pierre .... still photographer
Guillaume Schiffman .... assistant camera
Marian Sloboda .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Katherine Dorr .... costumer
Mimi Gayo .... costumer
Fanny Jakubowicz .... costumer (as Fanny Yakubowicz)
Anne de Laugardière .... costumer (as Anne De Laugardiere)
Anne Le Moal .... costumer
Julie Lherm .... costumer
Wieslawa Starska .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Anita Lecoeur .... assistant editor
Sophie Menuet .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Majiec Jaskiewicz .... chorus master
Polish State Philharmonic Orchestra .... orchestra (as l'Orchestre de la Philharmonie de Varsovie)
Jan Pruszak .... conductor
Chór Towarzystwa Muzycznego Warszawa .... chorus (as Chorale de la Societe de Musique de Varsovie)
 
Other crew
Jan Baszkiewicz .... historical consultant (as Prof. Jan Baszkiewicz)
Claude Bertonazzi .... administrator
Amira Chemakhi .... administrator
Hervé Grandsart .... historical advisor (as Herve Grandsart)
Jacek Górnowicz .... administrator
Wanda Helbert .... administrator
Iwona Klapinska .... production secretary
Stefan Meller .... historical consultant (as Prof. Stefan Meller)
Simon Mizrahi .... press agent
Sylvie Richez .... production secretary
 

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Runtime:
136 min
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 | Portugal:M/12 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:12 (DVD rating) | UK:PG (original rating) (1983-2006) | USA:PG | West Germany:12 (f)
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Trivia:
Robespierre and all the characters in his faction are played by Polish actors speaking in Polish, dubbed into French for the French release, while Danton and all the characters in his faction are played by French actors speaking in French.See more »
Quotes:
Robespierre:For the country's good we must be ruthless. We can't afford to be just. We'd have to rule by terror. You know what that is? Terror is nothing but despair.See more »

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31 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Wajda's French masterpiece, 9 November 1999
Author: ieaun from dudley, england

Set in the 1794, the second year of the French republic formed after the execution of Louis XVI, this film portrays the power struggle between the revolutionary leaders Danton (Gerard Depardieu, at his finest) and Robespierre (a commanding performance by the Polish actor Wojciech Pszoniak). The moderate revolutionary Danton has returned to Paris from his country seat where he has been since being deposed as leader of the Committee of Public Safety in the previous year by Robespierre. He is opposed to "The Reign Of Terror" which has resulted in the executions of thousands of citizens, mainly by guillotine, who are thought to be opposed to the Revolution. Danton is confident of the support of the ordinary people and tries to persuade Robespierre to curb the bloodletting. But Robespierre and the Committee are afraid that the popularity of Danton will lead to them being overthrown, and put Danton and his supporters on trial for being traitors. This was the first French language film made by Andrzej Wajda after he had arrived in France from Poland. His Polish film company was closed down by the government due to his support for the Solidarity trade union, which had opposed the Polish government in the late seventies and early eighties. His previous film "Man Of Iron" (1981) had dealt with the Solidarity union and its leader Lech Walesa, and it is easy to draw comparisons between the relationship of Walesa and the Polish leader General Jaruselski, and that between Danton and Robespierre. Danton/Walesa are the voice of reason opposed to Robespierre/Jaruselski who continue dictatorial rule despite having lost the support of the people they claim to represent. The film is based on the Polish play "The Danton Affair" written by Stanislawa Przybyszewska in the 1930s, and on its release the film was criticised by some for being static and theatrical. But what the film does is to concentrate on the behind-the-scenes meetings of the Committees and the scenes in the National Assembly and the courtroom rather than the activities on the streets of Paris.

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