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Wed, Aug 31, 2011
7:30pm
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OLD VINES AND NEW VINTAGE: A TRIBUTE TO GERARD DEPARDIEU
DANTON
Presented in collaboration with Los Angeles Film & TV Office, French Embassy
DANTON
1983, Janus Films, 136 min, France, Poland, West Germany, Dir: Andrzej Wajda

Directed by Andrzej Wajda while in exile, the Polish filmmaker's French-language debut is an adaptation of "The Danton Affair," written in the 1920s by Communist playwright Stanislawa Przybyszewska. After the French Revolution, Paris suffers under the Reign of Terror as the government of the ruthless Maximilien de Robespierre (Wojciech Pszoniak) intimidates all opponents. Georges Danton (Gérard Depardieu), former friend of the leader, seeks an end to the bloodshed and, joined by Camille Desmoulins (writer-director Patrice Chéreau in his first acting role), attempts to bring peace to the streets of the capital. For his efforts, Danton is imprisoned, and awaits the guillotine with steely resolve. In French with English subtitles. "I do not know of any play or movie that has ever come so close to suggesting the fascinating complexity of the French Revolution." - Andrew Sarris, Village Voice


Screening format: 35mm
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