In his finally observed historical drama, Andrzej Wajda traces the clash of personality and ideology between two of the French Revolution’s most significant figures – Georges Danton and Maximilien Robespierre.
Set in the second year of the French Revolution, the film recounts how increasingly popular man of the people, Danton, becomes the focus of paranoia as he criticises the terror. Starring Gérard Depardieu as Danton and Polish actor Wojciech Pszoniak as Robespierre, the film is gorgeously lensed by cinematographer Igor Luther. The screenplay is co-written by Jean-Calude Carrière.
The film carries potent political resonances with Polish “solidarity” – a movement being repressed by the Polish government at the time of production. Originally intended to be shot in Poland, the imposition of martial law in 1981, however, made filming in Wajda’s homeland impossible.
The film will be introduced by Academy Award winning screenwriter Christopher Hampton. The film is a DCP of the Gaumont 35mm print.
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