15 June, 2010

Quick Movie Review

Posted by Socrates in French Revolution, history, History for newbies, movie reviews, movies, Socrates, Western culture at 12:38 am | Permanent Link

“Danton” (1983), starring Gerard Depardieu. In French with English subtitles.

This movie was directed by Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda, who also directed the 2007 movie “Katyn,” about the infamous forest massacre of 1940. Wajda’s father was murdered in the Katyn massacre.

“Danton” is about one of the most horrible events in human history: the French Revolution (people like Fidel Castro are fans of it). More specifically, it’s about a clash of wills between two major Revolution figures: Georges Danton and Maximilien Robespierre. Danton feels that the Revolution is over and that it’s time to return to normalcy. Robespierre seems to want to continue the Revolution forever (like Castro). The two men are on a collision course, so to speak, and one of them will lose his head on the guillotine.

Warning: there is a brief scene with two Black guys in it who are wearing fancy, European clothes. Not a pleasant sight.

I give “Danton” a rating of 8 1/2 points out of 10. I liked it for the most part.

  • 3 Responses to “Quick Movie Review”

    1. CW-2 Says:

      I just HATE to see niggers in ‘historical’ costume drama films. Let’s all pretend they have always been in Europe load of BS. Recently the jew tube had a ‘documentary’ on the Cuban national ballet company, needless to say there were all sorts of muds prancing round in ballet gear! It was enough to make you want to reach for a loaded 9mm.

    2. Henry Says:

      I guess you mean European historical costume.

      In fact, I’ve read that there was in Paris a considerable colony of “blacks” (actually mulattoes, children of rich planters in the colonies), who had been sent to France for their education and who remained.

      However, these all vanished during the “White Terror” phase of the revolution.

    3. Tim McGreen Says:

      I just watched Danton and I didn’t get much out of it. Just a lot of guys with unkempt hair yelling at each other about the Republic and the Terror. I did notice those two bruthas with the fancy Napoleon outfits. I guess there were some Blacks in France back then, but I doubt any of them achieved any kind of social rank or distinction.

      Robispierre was portrayed as a rather civilized and reasonable person in the film. I thought he was a bloodthirsty fanatic who sent thousands of suspected anti-revolutionists to the guillotine?