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Criterion Collection: Danton [DVD] [1983] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Gérard Depardieu , Wojciech Pszoniak , Andrzej Wajda    DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gérard Depardieu, Wojciech Pszoniak, Anne Alvaro, Roland Blanche, Patrice Chéreau
  • Directors: Andrzej Wajda
  • Writers: Andrzej Wajda, Agnieszka Holland, Boleslaw Michalek, Jacek Gasiorowski, Jean-Claude Carrière
  • Producers: Barbara Pec-Slesicka
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Mar 2009
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001O549FW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,998 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The revolution is like saturn.... 20 Mar 2006
By Vik77
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At last on DVD! A brilliant film - French revolutionaries portrayed, not as bloodthirsty loons, but human beings struggling to keep a tiger by the tail, torn between personal loyalties and an increasingly desperate political situation. Made at the time of Poland's Solidarity movement, it also has contemporary resonance. Oh, and it looks fantastic, too! One quibble - there is no subtitle-free option on the DVD for those of us with OK French (yes - in reference to the other review here - it did help my O-Level, 20 years ago!). One of my top 5 films of all time - GET IT!!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous and Tragic 9 April 2006
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I have a soft spot for Wajda's films but this one beats them all. The knife-edge politics, the ulcer-inducing decision making and the ultimate question... did he simply misjudge the situation or did his arrogance drag him down? What makes this film particularly poignant is that it is contemporary with the events taking place in Poland; Solidarity and martial law. Wajda cleverly casts Polish actors as the coldly focussed Robespierre party and Frenchmen as the over-idealistic and headstrong followers of Danton. The chemistry works. One lovely touch is that Wajda casts Franciszek Starowieyski, a great contemporary Polish artist and designer in the role of Jacques Louis David, the great painter of the Revolution. This is a must see film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 7 Mar 2014
Format:DVD
One of the best and most poignant films about the revolution and one of its truly complex heroes. My only regret is that Camille Desmoulins is portrayed as a confused, romantic, wimp - suggest everyone interested in the revolution reads Hilary Mantel's Place of Greater Safety which really ought to be put to film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A marvellous film 21 April 2014
By Freedom
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This work is excellent. Produced by a woman, too. So there you are! Danton and Robespierre are portrayed perfectly by the actors. It's interesting that Wojciech Pszoniak's part (Robespierre) was dubbed because he couldn't speak French. You really wouldn't notice, his acting is superb, as is Gerard Depardieu's. I know about this period since I've studied it and it really does stay with the truth. That was one of the things I enjoyed about watching it. As far as drama is concerned, reality is often far more dramatic than any film can create. These two superb actors are aware of that and you can tell. It never falls into melodrama or sensationalism. This business was really horrific. It's in French so you'll need the sub titles if you watch, but don't be put off by that. You do miss some of the really absorbing stuff, and even the extras work hard. If you want to know about the French Revolution I do recommend it. But be warned, it's spine chilling viewing at the end.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Show them my head - it's worth it!" 23 July 2006
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Seen almost a quarter of a century on, Andrzej Wajda's Danton seems very much a film of its time. What once seemed so urgent and relevant to the political turmoil in Poland in the 80s now plays like a rather dreary and drawn out history lesson about the last days of the post-Revolutionary Terror in France as Danton and Robespierre/Walesa and Jaruzelski try to win the soul of France/Poland and bring compassion/political order to the country. A Franco-Polish co-production, the multinational cast results in some awkward dubbing into French and variable performance styles (although Patrice Chereau does once again demonstrate that he's a much better actor than a director) and the atrocious scoring doesn't help either. But it's not a total loss. Once Danton's fate is sealed, Gerard Depardieu dominates, kicking some life into the film in his trial scenes and getting a great last line - "Show them my head. It's worth it."

Unlike Criterion's US DVD, Second Sight's widescreen UK DVD has no extras.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DANTON - then versus now 25 May 2014
By Filmfan
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There are many things to admire in this portrayal of Danton's final days as he fell foul of Robespierre's confused mind and became a victim of the Revolution's relentless race to the bottom line. Personally, I think this film is at its most stunning in a film-print in a cinema (like most movies) and is diminished on the small, digital screen (like most movies). On the other hand, shortly after this film came out on VHS, it would have cost around £30 in today's money. That was always a good reason to see a film in the cinema, in the dark, with your fellow humanity sitting in the same jury. That turns out to be doubly appropriate in the case of this film, which puts humanity, in the form of revolutionary politics, on trial. When I first saw it as a film-print in the cinema with big-room sound, the David-inspired austerity of its lighting and composition, the sinister calm of political murder hit me like a train. I was very moved by Depardieu's Danton, a man of flesh and blood, aware of his very human failings and lost on a political sea partly of his own making. Depardieu, for my money, is one of the great screen actors of the 20th/21st Century and this is a whole-hearted rendition of a passionate human intelligence under extreme duress. The scene in which he famously negotiates for his own life with Robespierre in his private room is sensational, as is scene in which Desmoulin's wife appeals to Robespierre and her husband to talk. But, for all the colour and glorious rhetoric Danton uses to defend his life and the universally fine acting throughout, the film shows mostly tantalizing glimpses of a time, of a human drama, behind what is really a political parable about Poland as it emerges from Russian tyranny in the early '80's. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Not bad, but required more attention to actual events and less on people involved.
Published 2 months ago by Kym Matheson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brutally Honest Film
It seems to be a very honest depiction of what happened during the later stages of the French Revolution. The film was made by Poles and by Frenchmen. Read more
Published 7 months ago by James Duran
4.0 out of 5 stars "Politics Has Nothing to Do with Justice"
This Franco-Polish production of 1982 received many plaudits at the time, and indeed must have been seen partly as a commentary (unintended? Read more
Published 9 months ago by Nicholas Casley
1.0 out of 5 stars Dated and comically awful.
This film creates the impression that it was thrown together. To describe the production quality as low budget is to put it kindly. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mr DJS
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional!
I have been a fan of Gerard Depardieu since the 1980's. Although Gerard has during his career done brilliant work, this early film of his is to me my favourite - and that's going... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mrs Eva Stone
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot talk
Those revolutionaries could certainly talk a good game. Have you brain tuned in if you want to get the most out of this film. Read more
Published 16 months ago by P. A. LYSTER
4.0 out of 5 stars danton
I ENJOYED WATCHING THE DVD OF DANTON, LONG IN PARTS BUT STILL VERY ENJOYABLE, A GOOD PLOT AND I WILL WATCH IT AGAIN.
Published on 29 Jun 2012 by skippy
5.0 out of 5 stars the cleverest film about the French Revolution I've ever seen,
Danton is quite simply an amazing piece of cinema. Anyone who even has a remote interest in the French Revolution should definitely check this film out. Read more
Published on 23 Oct 2010 by R. Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars I lost my heart..........
Gerard Depardieu est magnifique! The tension between Danton and Robespierre is so thick you could bite it, and this production spares nothing of the squalor of revolutionary... Read more
Published on 27 Sep 2010 by Ms. Fiona Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Danton
Excellent fllm, bought to help an Advanced Higher Pupil with his folio piece on the Reign of Terror. Superb!
Published on 1 April 2010 by Mrs. P. A. Graham
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