Action opens in November of 1793, 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 massive executions, The Terror. Confident in the people's support, Danton clashes with his former ally, but calculating Robespierre soon rounds up Danton and his followers, tries them before a revolutionary tribunal and dipatches them to the guillotine.
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The film's release sparked major political controversy in France, with Socialists and Communists arguing that it was "counterrevolutionary" and misrepresented the French Revolution, as both sides tried to present themselves as the proper heirs of the Revolutionary tradition. See more
Many significant figures and events were presented inaccurately or not at all. Danton was presented as a drunk. Louis de Saint-Just, known at the time as the "Angel of Death" and the public face of the Reign of Terror, acted like a modern-day hippie. Much of the military history, such as the Civil War in the Vendée, was completely excluded, removing the Terror from its historical context. The film largely excludes the common people of France, despite the fact that the Revolution was a popular uprising. See more
For revolutionaries, danger must never outweigh duty.
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