Danton (1983)

TitleDanton (1983)
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1983
AuthorsWajda, Andrzej
Running Time2h 16m
Date Released01/1983
CountryFrance, Poland, Germany
Publication LanguageFrench and Polish

The film, directed by Andrzej Wajda, portrays the conflict between the rival Jacobine revolutionary leaders Maximilien Robespierre (1758–94) and Georges Danton (1759–94), particularly in the period leading up to Danton's execution in 1794. The film is an adaptation of the 1929 play The Danton Case by Stanisława Przybyszewska, who wrote the play in 1928/29, after many years of studying the French Revolution (1789–99). In 1793, as the Terror begins during the Revolution, Danton, a champion-of-the-people, clashed against Robespierre and other radicals in the Jacobine party. In the end, Danton was guillotined by the advocates of revolutionary terror after accusations of venality and leniency toward the enemies of the Revolution.


Gérard Depardieu

Wojciech Pszoniak

Patrice Chéreau

Bogusław Linda

Angela Winkler

Andrzej Seweryn

Serge Merlin

Roland Blanche

Jacques Villeret

Anne Alvaro

Roger Planchon

Franciszek Starowieyski

Alain Macé


Produced by Margaret Menegoz

Directed by Andrzej Wajda

Written by Jean-Claude Carriere with the collaboration from Andrzej Wajda, Agnieszka Holland, Boleslaw Michalek, and Jacek Gasiorowski

Cinematography by Igor Luther

Edited by Halina Prugar-Ketling

Music by Jean Prodromides

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