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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Christopher Hampton is a British playwright, screenwriter, and film director. Prizes for Christopher Hampton’s screenplays include an Oscar, two BAFTAs, a Writers’ Guild of America Award, the Prix Italia, a Special Jury Award at the Cannes Film Festival, the Venice Film Festival’s Collateral Award for Best Literary Adaptation, and Hollywood Screenwriter of the Year. His many adaptations of books for the big screen include Dangerous Liaisons, A Dangerous Method, Atonement, The Quiet American, Imagining Argentina, The Secret Agent and most recently Ali and Nino, based on the novel by Kurban Saïd.
“…the finest philosophical film this side of A Man of All Seasons, Danton is Wajda’s masterwork, second only to Ashes and Diamonds.”Roger Ebert