Danton

V' 14

Danton

Hans Behrendt
D, 1931
93min, OF

© Filmarchiv Austria

Danton

Hans Behrendt
D, 1931
, 93min, OF

Cast: 
Fritz Kortner
Danton
Lucie Mannheim
Louise Gély
Gustaf Gründgens
Robespierre
Walter Werner
Malesherbes
Gustav von Wangenheim
Desmoulins
Cast: 
Make-up
Richard Timm
Alma Timm
Screenplay: 
Heinz Goldberg
Hans J. Rehfisch
Sound: 
Géza Pollatschek
Camera: 
Nicolas aka Nikolaus Farkas
Editor: 
René L. Hénaff
Composer: 
Artur Guttmann
Decoration: 
Julius von Borsody

Production: 
Allianz-Tonfilm GmbH, Berlin
Format: 
35 mm
Black/White

Scenes of the French Revolution from Danton’s speech prosecuting Louis XVI, who ended up at the guillotine, up to his conviction and execution: an early sound film, modelled after a pattern that is strongly guided by the theatre.
“Danton is cast as a ‘tribune of the people’, and Robespierre as a calculating demagogue. These biased judgments also form the basis of these two characters: While Robespierre (Gustaf Gründgens) is as sly as a fox, virtually eaten away by envy and distrust, dry and pedantic, Danton (Fritz Kortner) is sensuous, full of life, with the charisma of the darling of the masses. (...) It is one of just a few preserved documents of Kortner’s brilliant talent of language and rhetorical power.” (Fred Gehler)