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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Robespierre tells Jacques Louis David to remove Fabre d'Englantine from the painting of the Tennis Court Oath. David objects, saying, "But he was there," but removes d'Englantine. In truth, d'Englantine did not take part in the Tennis Court Oath, since in 1789 he was not a deputy to the Estates General. Thus, the film falsifies history. See more
Another fault: being popular and strong, when only anonymity and cunning guarantee one a long life. If you desire a long life, you must not be loved. That's one of our new laws, all the more powerful for being unwritten. Woe to strong men loved by the people!
gets an "and introducing" credit ("et pour la première fois à l'écran"). See more
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). See more
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