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The movie watched was Danton, which was released in color in 1983 and was directed by Andrzej Wajda. Grard Depardieu plays Danton while Wojciech Pszoniak plays Robespierre, the two main characters.

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Jassi Sikand Mr. Tustin AP European History - 3 13 October 2010 Danton Movie Review The movie watched was Danton, which was released in color in 1983 and was directed by Andrzej Wajda. G�rard Depardieu plays Danton while Wojciech Pszoniak plays Robespierre, the two main characters. Danton was watched in Mr. Tustin's room on Movie Night. It was based on L'Affaire Danton by Stanislawa Przybyszewska which was based on real historical events. In Paris, the Revolution's leaders, with the backing of the angry mobs, set policies that the rest of the country, left to their own devices, would probably have disowned, at least initially. The course of the Revolution was shaped by a small group of extraordinary men, all young, who started out as idealists, then became comrades and close friends, godfathers to one another's children. The movie starts in November of 1793, with Danton returning to Paris from his country retreat upon learning that the Committee for Public Safety, under Robespierre's incitement, has begun a series of massive executions, The Terror. Confident in the peoples' support, Danton clashes with his former ally, but calculating Robespierre soon rounds up Danton and his followers, tries them before a revolutionary tribunal and sends them to the guillotine. ...read more.

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He believed in his ideals, however his believe in his ideals was so strong that he started believing that things were done either his way or the high way and as such many of the basic reasons that the Revolution started were discarded in favor of what was in all reality a dictatorship rather than a government that represented the people, though this government still believed that it was doing the best for its people. This is exactly how Robespierre is portrayed in the movie. Robespierre is very politically smart, maybe too smart for his own good. When rumors start floating around that Danton may be a traitor to the Revolution, Robespierre refuses to hear it as Danton is his closest friend. He also knows that if he were to arrest Danton the people would lose faith in the Revolution and turn against it. But once Danton openly declares a sort of war on the Revolution, saying that the Terror went against the Revolution's ideals, Robespierre does not hesitate in trying and executing Danton, to the point that he sabotaged the trial into basically forcing the jury to convict Danton even though the people were in an uproar over such a decision. ...read more.

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In fact, it is this reviewer's favorite scene of the movie. The guillotine scene was a bit rushed in that within a span of 5 minutes 6 men were killed, however, this is quite understandable as the movie had been dragged on quite a lot by this point and no one wishes to see the hero die in a movie. Danton was more of a historical depiction of history rather than a movie intended to hold the audience's attention throughout the movie. In this is quite succeeded. The movie did very well in explaining the death of Danton and the motives behind the Revolution as well and explaining the thought processes of each of the main characters. Where it is agonizingly slow, it makes up with historical accuracy. All in all this reviewer would not recommend it to fellow classmates because the movie does not have which entertains a young adult and teenager audience - lots and lots of blood, gore and/or some sort of action in most of the scenes. However this movie would be recommended to adults who genuinely are interested in history and do not mind the slow story-building part as well as the French audio with English subtitles, which also does not appeal to a younger audience. ...read more.

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