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  • Actors: gerard depardieu, greg kinnear
  • Directors: wajda andrzej
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian, French
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: San Paolo
  • Run Time: 130.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001V9P7TS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 531,511 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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descrizionegli ultimi, convulsi giorni di vita di geoges jacques danton, che con marat e robespierre e' stato uno dei grandi protagonisti della rivoluzione francese, fino alla morte per ghigliottina avvenuta il 5 aprile 1794. danton, benche' abbia avuto grandi responsabilita' nelle stragi, in un secondo momento chiese la fine del terrore, la fine del bagno di sangue e divenne sostenitore di una linea politica pi moderata rispetto a quella di robespierre. ecco allora che il conflitto tra danton e robespierre che portera' alla sua morte per mano del boia samson.premi e riconoscimenti1983 - miglior film straniero british academy of film and television arts awards

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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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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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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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Connoisseurs of fine cinema know Andrzej Wajda and his films. Casual viewers of film beyond Wajda’s native Poland, on the other hand, do not. Their loss, one might be tempted to say, though taste, like dark energy in the universe, is impossible to account for. One simply relates to what one loves.

“Danton” (1983) is one by him I love. I thought I would write about it now before 2016 slips away from us entirely. Why? Because Wajda died this year, aged 90, a year in which so many other luminaries in the arts and sport also left us (Alan Rickman, Leonard Cohen, Muhammad Ali and Johann Cruyff, to name just a few). A young Gérard Depardieu (sublime in his younger years as an actor) stars as Georges Danton (1759-94). His anguished performance as the doomed French revolutionary at the start of France’s new republic is truly remarkable and memorable, one that contributed greatly to the film winning a BAFTA award for Best Foreign Film. Danton’s former comrade-in-arms in the Revolution, now turned arch-enemy, is Maximilien Robespierre (1758-94), also played brilliantly by the Polish actor Wojciech Pszoniak, whose spoken French is impeccable.

But in temperament, disposition and bearing the two men were like night and day. Danton is outgoing, gregarious, generous, a man of the people, loved and trusted by them. It’s not just that he’s eloquent and articulate; he has heart. He cares about the plight of the people. Their degraded condition is the result of oppression and neglect. Overtaxed, poor and hungry, they’re despised as uncouth and illiterate by the Ancien Régime, meaning the crown and aristocracy. The common people exist to support the privileges of the wealthy. It’s how it’s always been, the way society is structured, and thus not to be tampered with.
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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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