This movie is set five years later and the revolution has morphed into something ugly. While initially the revolution promised freedom, at this point the small committee running the country is extremely repressive and is a dictatorship. Danton and his friends were angry at how the country wasn't better off in than it was BEFORE they got rid of their king, so they begin criticizing the government. The movie begins as the printer who makes critical pamphlets concerning the government is beaten and his business is destroyed.
While most of his films depict contemporary Poland or the tragic, formative World War II years, Wajda has also made a number of films set in the more distant past, including his epic about early nineteenth-century Poland, Ashesand the controversial Promised Landwhich recounts the cancerous growth of late nineteenth-century Lodz into a booming industrial city.
Dantonon first glance, might seem to be one of these straightforward period films, and, strangely, not about Poland at all. The film was based on the play The Danton Affair, by Stanis? Przybyszewska was a Communist whose sympathies lay with the radical Robespierre. Wajda revived the play inbut he turned it on its head, making a hero out of the more moderate Danton.
Bythe high point of the Solidarity liberation movement, he had arranged to make his version of the play into a film, a Polish-French coproduction with Gaumont. Studio scenes were to be done in Poland, while location scenes were to be shot in France. Martial law was imposed on December 13,however, in a coup directed by the Soviet Union: General Jaruzelski was installed, Solidarity outlawed, communications cut, a curfew introduced, and production in Poland became impossible.
The whole project was then transferred to Paris, with Wajda taking some of his Polish actors, including Wojciech Pszoniak, who plays Robespierre, and a small group of co-workers. Danton takes place in the spring ofalmost five years after the fall of the Bastille and immediately following a period when the revolutionary government, facing internal enemies, conspirators, and the advance of foreign armies on French territory, created the Committee of Public Safety and the Revolutionary Tribunal to repress its enemies and raise additional military forces.
But the Revolution began to turn on itself, with Robespierre gradually gaining ascendancy over Danton and establishing dictatorial control through the tribunal and the committee.
The hostility that the two men, both of them middle-class lawyers, feel for each other is as much personal as political.
He once supported the execution of the moderate Girondists but has tempered his political positions and now wants to provide a normal life for the people.
Despite their profound differences, Robespierre, knowing that rejecting the popular Danton could be politically dangerous, wants to unite with him to consolidate the power of the committee.
But Danton refuses to conciliate, and though a great deal of political maneuvering and speechifying follows, his fate is inevitable. In fact, he seems worn out emotionally, and politically careless and obtuse. But Wajda avoids the agitprop trap of turning Robespierre into a cardboard villain.
He humanizes this rigid character and shows him to be a man left without a real political choice, oppressed by his feeling that the triumph of the Revolution is no longer possible: He is far from a bloodthirsty man.
Wajda shot Danton, like his earlier, great anti-Communist film Man of Marblein a realistic fashion, with little stylization or virtuoso camera work. This decision was likely made in part because of his limited budget, which also caused him to eschew an elaborate costume epic, with scenes of mass turmoil and violence and thousands of extras, for a more intimate drama.
There are two stylistically heightened scenes, however, recalling the symbolic and expressionist imagery of earlier Wajda films, such as Ashes and Diamonds, both set in the squalid revolutionary prison la Force, and both serving to powerfully bring home the sense of how repressive the Revolution has become.Danton () - IMDb IMDb.
Georges Danton (Gérard Depardieu) and Maximilien Robespierre (Wojciech Pszoniak) fought side by side during the French Revolution. But when Danton takes control of France and starts executing citizens in droves, Robespierre feels it his duty to challenge his one-time comrade.
Danton (French pronunciation:) is a French language film depicting the last weeks of Georges Danton, one of the leaders of the French Revolution.
It is an adaptation of the Polish play The Danton Case by Stanisława r-bridal.comed by: Margaret Ménégoz. Nov 18, · The movie is basically about the conflict between two of the most striking personalities of the period, the two revolutionary leaders Danton and Robespierre, who were on the same side at the beginning but came to have fundamental philosophical differences that only the guillotine could settle.4/4.
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