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The film Danton takes a look at the end of the French Revolution To me many of the scenes seemed to be saying that the Revolution itself was hypocritical There are numerous examples in the film where leading figures of the Revolution were taking action that was similar to what they had originally rebelled An example of this would be Dantons trial and how it was rigged to get a guilty verdict At the trial there were strict rules and regulations The accused could not speak to the public or to their accusers Reporters could not take notes and tell the public what was happening It seemed to me when I was watching the film that the Committee was trying to control everything that was going on They didnt care about the truth or whether Danton was guilty or not they only wanted any possible form of resistance to be crushed The way they imposed those restrictions reminded me of an absolute king trying to crush revolutionaries The makers of the film were pointing out here how the Revolution was hypocritical in its policies When Robespierre ordered Dantons arrest he was saying in no uncertain terms that it doesnt matter what the people want just what those in charge want Another example is the opening scene when the child was being bathed He was quizzed on the Declaration of the rights of Man and Citizen Every time he misquoted the document he was slapped This is an extraordinary point that the filmmaker is making on the Revolution and its effects The child is being oppressed from birth with the ideas of change that were supposed to free people from oppression The ideas and beliefs of the Revolution are being thrusted on this child without him being allowed to decide for himself what beliefs he wants to follow Also it is showing right away that those in charge want it their way and no other When
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