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Danton (The Criterion Collection)
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SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET FEATURES:
New high-definition digital transfer
Video interviews with director Andrzej Wajda, screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, and Polish film critic Jerzy Plazewski
Wajda s Danton, a 42-minute behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of the film
Original theatrical trailer
New and improved English subtitle translation
PLUS: A new essay by film scholar Leonard Quart
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This is an account of the last week of life of Danton. The filming, the costumes and the small parphenalia of everyday life that can be seen in the movie are all rich in authentic detail.
The dialogue were it is historically known is virtual quotation. Where it is not known it is in character. Knowing a fair amount about this time period I could find nothing really to quibble with as far as the accuracy of anything portrayed...in fact I was constantly surprized at the attention to every little detail (and I mean down to the accuracy of the price of bread posted on a placard visible behind the crowd scene.)
This movie is a must have for anyone interested in the politics of the time period...I also recommend La Nuit de Varrene which does not seem to be available with Harvey Keitel as Thomas Paine...it is fictional and the premise is a public coach on the sam route and behind Louis XVI as he is fleeing Paris. The coach has a cross section of people. Retif de La Bretonne, a Lady in Waiting, a rich Industrialist, young Jocobin, etc...who debate the revolution in the carriage. It is excellent for understanding the revolution as seen from a variety of points of view...I dont undertstand why these excellent movies are not put on DVD and made more widely available.
The movie is a metaphor for how the persuit of power can make a once idealistic movement into the same dictatorship it has overthrown. It is something that has been repeated all throughout history.
Robespierre, one of the leaders of the revolution has become the leader of France once the Revolution has ended. Danton, another of the Revolution's leaders, still, is a very popular figure and has a lot of power.
Robespierre has started to round up and execute any opposition. Danton decides to return to the public spectrum to challenge Robespierre's tyrannical rule and bring rights to the people.
Danton makes a moving argument, but in the end he, himself, is captured and executed. The movie ends with Robespierre being named dictator for life.
The acting in superb, especially from Depardieu who gives a powerhouse performance as the extremely charismatic Danton, courageous until the end.
The movie is a story of a great tragedy. It is one of the greatest historical movies of all time, in my opinion.
It is a crime that it hasn't been released on DVD.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent picture about the leaders of the French Revolution.Published 1 month ago by Gabriel F Quevedo
as much as i wanted to admire this film, it struck me as a historical essay wrapped in a costume drama inside a poorly directed stage play. Read morePublished 11 months ago by drollere
This film is an excellent depiction of one of the leaders of the French Revolution, and how it escalated in to the Reign of Terror.Published 14 months ago by guy
amazing perform & nice picture
actores and actress very selected and the movie has excence
A masterpiece - so good the Chinese censors don't allow the translation of certain parts :-)Published 23 months ago by Robert Blair
Another great movie by director Wajda. This movie isn't about the history of the French Revolution. It's about the
duel between Danton and Robespierre. Read more