Gerard Depardieu stars in this dramatic recounting of the power struggle between the leading figures of the French revolution, Danton and Robespierre. With the new republic in place Robespierre heads the 'Committee for Public Safety' and has begun his 'Reign of Terror', flushing out any dissenting voices and sending them to Guillotine. Danton returns to Paris after his self-imposed exile to call an end to the bloodshed, but in doing so makes a dangerous enemy of his former ally.
If you did the French Revolution at school or at least know the key players, I bet it is very interesting. It was a bit lost on me I'm afraid. I had heard of Robespierre but couldn't remember anything else. Depardieu of course is brilliant, dramatic and charismatic, but I just didn't get caught up in it.
Helps if you know the historical background
- Danton review by Pete W
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If you have an interest and some background knowledge of the French revolution, then you will be interested in this film. If, like me, your prior knowledge is sketchy, you might struggle to retain your interest as the film doesn't explain the historical background and it is assumed that you know who the main characters are and what they stand for. When it was released, the film had relevance to the existing political situation east of the Iron Curtain but that has faded now. Good performances by Depardieu in the role which I think bought him to international knowledge and by Pszoniak as a creepy Robespierre.