THU, MAR 16, 6:30p:
In collaboration with MIFF
“From the Vault”
Directed by ANDRZEJ WAJDA/Poland/France/1983/2hr, 16mins.
With Gérard Depardieu, Wojciech Pszoniak, Anne Alvaro
DANTON Polish Poster, 1983, MBC Archive
Gérard Depardieu and Wojciech Pszoniak star in Andrzej Wajda’s powerful, intimate depiction of the ideological clash between the earthy, man-of-the-people Georges Danton and icy Jacobin extremist Maximilien Robespierre, both key figures of the French Revolution. By drawing parallels to Polish “solidarity,” a movement that was being quashed by the government as the film went into production, Wajda drags history into the present. Meticulous and fiery, Danton has been hailed as one of the greatest films ever made about the Terror.-Criterion (In French with English subtitles)
“While most of his films depict contemporary Poland or the tragic, formative World War II years, Wajda has also made a number of films set in the more distant past, including his epic about early nineteenth-century Poland, Ashes (1965), and the controversial Promised Land (1975)…Danton (1983), on first glance, might seem to be one of these straightforward period films, and, strangely, not about Poland at all. But in fact, Wajda’s tale of the battle between two of the French Revolution’s titanic figures, Danton and Robespierre, is an intense political allegory on the futility of violent revolution, with clear parallels to twentieth-century Poland.”-Leonard Quart, Criterion
Come early to view the MBC Polish graphics exhibition
The film will be introduced by ALMA KADRAGIC
Alma Kadragic has been a journalist, researcher, media specialist, and entrepreneur in the US, Europe, and the Middle East. Based in Coral Gables since 2013, she works as a freelance journalist, media consultant, and business development specialist. Earlier she was a writer and producer for ABC News in New York, Washington, D.C., and London. From 1983-90 she served as Warsaw bureau chief, covering hard news and culture in Poland and Eastern Europe while these countries were part of the Soviet orbit. She holds a Ph.D. in English literature from the City University of New York.