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 opportunist, bon vivant and man of the people, Danton, becomes the focus of Robespierre’s increasing paranoia for his outspoken criticism of the Terror. The film is an examination of a fatal clash of philosophy, character and methods. Starring Gérard Depardieu as Danton and Polish actor Wojciech Pszoniak as Robespierre, it is gorgeously lensed by cinematographer Igor Luther. The screenplay is co-written by Jean-Calude Carrière and Agniezska Holland.
Carrying potent political resonances with Polish “solidarity” – a movement repressed by the Polish government at the time of production – the film was intended to be shot in Poland, but with the imposition of martial law in 1981, this became impossible and the film was shot in France.
“…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
Kino Klassika is proud to present this screening with an introduction by Academy Award winning screenwriter Christopher Hampton.
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.