PG | | Biography, Drama, History
In 1793, as the Terror begins in France, Georges Danton, a champion-of-the-people, returns to clash against Maximilien Robespierre and his extremist party.
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.
People of France, I appeal to you! You and you alone may judge me.
At 1 hour 42 minutes, Robespierre's position changes while Fouquier-Tinville talks to him in David's studio.
Anne Alvaro gets an "and introducing" credit ("et pour la première fois à l'écran").
The dialogue in the dubbed version with American voice actors sometimes differs sharply from the original: for example, Robespierre's last words to Saint-Just are not the dismissive "Don't wake me when you leave" ("Ne me réveillez pas quand tu sortiras") but the prophetic "Whatever happens will happen soon" (so that, like Danton, he apparently realises he will shortly meet Danton's fate).