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Danton (1983)

In 1793, as the Terror begins in France, Georges Danton, a champion-of-the-people, returns to clash against Maximilien Robespierre and his extremist party.

Director:

Andrzej Wajda

Writers:

Jean-Claude Carrière (scenario), Stanislawa Przybyszewska (based on the play by: "L'Affaire Danton/Sprawa Dantona") | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Danton
Wojciech Pszoniak ... Robespierre
Anne Alvaro Anne Alvaro ... Éléonore Duplay
Roland Blanche Roland Blanche ... Lacroix
Patrice Chéreau ... Camille Desmoulins (as Patrice Chereau)
Emmanuelle Debever Emmanuelle Debever ... Louison Danton
Krzysztof Globisz ... Amar
Ronald Guttman ... Herman
Gérard Hardy Gérard Hardy ... Tallien
Tadeusz Huk ... Couthon
Stéphane Jobert Stéphane Jobert ... Panis
Marian Kociniak ... Lindet
Marek Kondrat ... Barère de Vieuzac
Boguslaw Linda ... Saint Just
Alain Macé Alain Macé ... Héron (as Alain Mace)
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Storyline

Action opens in November of 1793, with Danton returning to Paris from his country retreat upon learning that the Committee for Public Safety, under Robespierre's incitement, has begun a series of massive executions, The Terror. Confident in the people's support, Danton clashes with his former ally, but calculating Robespierre soon rounds up Danton and his followers, tries them before a revolutionary tribunal and dipatches them to the guillotine. Written by Polish Cinema Database <http://info.fuw.edu.pl/Filmy/>

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Country:

France | Poland

Language:

French

Release Date:

12 January 1983 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Дантон See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

At the time, Poland's Solidarity movement was very popular in France and, with the film being directed by a Polish director, Andrzej Wajda, everything seemed right for the film to be a hit. There are elements in the film that seemed to draw an analogy between the French Revolution and Solidarity's fight against Communism. However, the Government had swung to the right by the time the film was released in January 1983. The harsh, icy portrayal of Robespierre was considered particularly objectionable and the attitude was that Wajda had denigrated the French Revolution by misrepresenting its icons. See more »

Goofs

Robespierre tells Jacques-Louis David to remove Fabre d'Englantine from the painting of the Tennis Court Oath. David objects, saying, "But he was there," but removes d'Englantine. In truth, d'Englantine did not take part in the Tennis Court Oath, since in 1789 he was not a deputy to the Estates General. Thus, the film falsifies history. See more »

Quotes

Éléonore Duplay: I forbid you to ogle citizen Robespierre like that.
[slaps housemaid twice across her face]
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Featured in One Hundred and One Nights (1995) See more »

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Very strong
6 July 2000 | by MarioBSee all my reviews

French cinema had always been very strong when comes the time to present historical subjects. 95 % of the time, they never make errors. This film is of one of the best of the genre, due to very very strong acting by Depardieu and Pszoniak. Wajda work, as the director, is truly a wonder. Everyone should see this great film.


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