PARIS PARIS: Danton
„Like Saturn, the Revolution devours its children”, was to say Georges Danton. A film made in Paris at the beginning of the 1980s, by a giant of Polish cinematography and Oscar laureate Andrzej Wajda, illustrates those words in an incredibly spectacular way, revealing the backdrop of great politics – not only from the time of the French Revolution. Wajda started making the film after receiving The Palme d’Or for the Man of Iron (1981), but the outbreak of martial law in Poland gave the film a new context, in which Paris in 1794 became a metaphor of the revolutionary boiling point and the police state in Poland. The script, based on the drama by Stanisława Przybyszewska called The Danton Case, was written by Jean-Claude Carrière, a regular collaborator of Luis Buñuel. The Robespierre’s supporters were played by the Poles, and French actors played Danton’s followers. Wajda received the César Award for directing Danton, while Gérard Depardieu (Danton) and Wojciech Pszoniak (Robespierre) received awards at the festival in Montreal. The film will be shown in a digitally reconstructed version.
lecture: Adam Kruk