This historical drama by Polish director Andrzej Wajda is about the ideological battle between two of the French Revolution’s titanic figures – Danton and Robespierre. It is an intense political allegory about the futility of violent revolution. Set in the second year of the French Revolution, the film recounts how Danton becomes the focus of revolutionary anger after criticising its terror. 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.
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