Saturday, July 11, 2015

ACO Movie Night & Open Discussion featuring Danton - with Salvatore Iacobello, M.D. and Susan Marcel, D.O. Starring Gerard Depardieu, the film is an intimate depiction of the ideological clash between two key figures of the French Revolution; noted orator and earthy man-of-the-people George Danton (Depardieu) and the icy extremist Maximilien de Robespierre. The action opens in the spring of 1794 after the onset of the French Revolution, 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 mass executions – the beginning of the Reign of Terror. Confident in the peoples' support, the passionate, force-of-nature Danton who wants a return to a normal life for the people of France, clashes with the calculating Robespierre who sees the Terror as a revolutionary necessity and the only way to maintain the Revolution’s momentum. The hostility the two men feel for each other is as much personal as political. Meticulous and fiery, Danton has been hailed as one of the best films ever made about the Reign of Terror. (The film is in French with English subtitles.)