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Director: Andrzej Wajda Cast: Gérard Depardieu
Gérard Depardieu
, Wojciech Pszoniak
Wojciech Pszoniak
, Patrice Chéreau
Patrice Chéreau
, Angela Winkler
Angela Winkler
Andrzej Wajda


Director: Andrzej Wajda Cast: Gérard Depardieu
Gérard Depardieu
, Wojciech Pszoniak
Wojciech Pszoniak
, Patrice Chéreau
Patrice Chéreau
, Angela Winkler
Angela Winkler
Andrzej Wajda

DVD (Wide Screen)

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In 1982, legendary Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda fled his homeland and relocated in France to direct this powerful story about the ethical boundaries of power and leadership, which had many parallels to Poland's volatile political situation in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Danton (Gérard Depardieu) and Robespierre (Wojciech Pszoniak) were close friends and fought together in the French Revolution, but by 1793 Robespierre was France's ruler, determined to wipe out opposition with a series of mass executions that became known as the Reign of Terror. Danton, well known as a spokesman of the people, had been living in relative solitude in the French countryside, but he returned to Paris to challenge Robespierre's violent rule and call for the people to demand their rights. Robespierre, however, could not accept such a challenge, even from a friend and colleague, and he blocked out a plan for the capture and execution of Danton and his allies. Wajda remained in France until 1989, when the collapse of Communist rule made it possible for him to return to his homeland.

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/31/2009
UPC: 0715515042819
Original Release: 1982
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 2:16:00
Sales rank: 20,719

Special Features

Disc One:; ; Original Theatrical Trailer; New and Improved English Subtitle translation ; ; Disc Two:; ; 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; ; Plus: A booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Leonard Quart

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gérard Depardieu Danton
Wojciech Pszoniak Robespierre
Patrice Chéreau Camille Desmoulins
Angela Winkler Lucile Desmoulins
Boguslaw Linda Saint-Just
Roland Blanche Lacroix
Anne Alvaro Eleonore Duplay
Roger Planchon Fouquier Tinville
Serge Merlin Philippeaux
Lucien Melki Fabre d'Eglantine
Andrzej Seweryn Bourdon
Franciszek Starowieyski David
Emmanuelle Debever Louison Danton
Jerzy Trela Billaud-Varenne
Tadeusz Huk Couthon
Jacques Villeret Westermann
Alain Mace Heron
Krzysztof Globisz Amar
Ronald Guttman Herman
Stephane Jobert Panis
Marian Kociniak Lindet
Marek Kondrat Barere De Vieuzad
Leonard Pietraszak Carnot
Angel Sedgwick Frere d'Eleonore
Jean-Loup Wolff Herault de Seychelles
Vladimir Yordanoff Chef des gardes
Malgorzata Zajaczkowska Servante des Duplay
Gerard Hardy Tallien
Czeslaw Wollejko Vadier

Technical Credits
Andrzej Wajda Director,Screenwriter
Jean-Claude Carrière Screenwriter
Yvonne Sassinot de Nesle Costumes/Costume Designer
Alain Depardieu Production Manager
Jacek Gasiorowski Screenwriter
Dominique Hennequin Sound/Sound Designer
Agnieszka Holland Screenwriter
Marie-Christine Lafosse Casting
Igor Luther Cinematographer
Margaret Menegoz Producer
Boleslaw Michalek Screenwriter
Jean Prodromides Score Composer
Halina Prugal-Ketling Editor
Jackie Raynal Makeup
Jean-Pierre Ruh Sound/Sound Designer
Emmanuel Schlumberger Producer
Allan Starski Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Gilles Vaster Art Director
Piotr Zawadzki Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Danton
1. Opening Credits [1:50]
2. Paris, Spring 1794, Year Two of the Republic [7:06]
3. Le vieux Cordelier [3:44]
4. "Danton Is Back" [4:52]
5. The Committee of Public Safety [6:36]
6. Danton Advises Restraint [6:57]
7. Jubilation at the Convention [3:42]
8. The Dinner [5:13]
9. After-Dinner Conversation [10:34]
10. Robespierre and Desmoulins [6:28]
11. An Order Goes Out [7:34]
12. The Arrest [9:06]
13. Outrage at the Convention [:46]
14. "Camille is Not at Home [10:27]
15. The Tribunal [5:48]
16. Robespierre Models for David [8:34]
17. Danton's Monologue [6:19]
18. Confession to a Plot [8:33]
19. "You Feel Nothing When the Blade Drops" [8:20]
20. The Right of Man [7:07]
21. End Credits [3:30]
1. Color Bars [3:23]

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