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La Commune (Paris, 1871) (2000)

La commune (Paris, 1871) (original title)
In this war drama blurring the lines between documentary and fiction, the working class and the bourgeoisie of 19th century Paris are interviewed and covered on television, before and during a tragic workers' class revolt.

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Peter Watkins
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Cast

Credited cast:
Eliane Annie Adalto Eliane Annie Adalto ... Laundress
Pierre Barbieux Pierre Barbieux ... Child in Cour Popincourt
Bernard Bombeau Bernard Bombeau ... Baker
Maylis Bouffartigue Maylis Bouffartigue ... Marie-Louise Théron
Geneviève Capy Geneviève Capy ... Doctor's wife
Anne Carlier Anne Carlier ... Laundress
Véronique Couzon Véronique Couzon ... Marie-Louise Beauger
Piotr Daskiewicz Piotr Daskiewicz ... Polish Officer
Nicole Defer Nicole Defer ... Owner of dressmaking workshop & laundry
Patrick Dell'Isola Patrick Dell'Isola ... Emile Léonard Morterol
Jürgen Ellinghaus Jürgen Ellinghaus ... Versailles Army Officer
Caroline Esnard-Benoit Caroline Esnard-Benoit ... Baker's wife
Roland Fontaine Roland Fontaine ... Child in Cour Popincourt
Przermyslaw Galkiewicz Przermyslaw Galkiewicz ... Polish Officer
Jean-Michel Gallois Jean-Michel Gallois ... Concièrge
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A war drama film who merger between documentary and reportage and fiction which turned over common sense, a unique where people in the 19th century was interviewed and covered on television, many of them are working class but the bourgeoisie had not escaped from camera's observation, each recorded their speech and gestures even the revolt that led to extreme and radical and heartbreaking for the working class. One of the most important French film at 21st century. Written by Egi David Perdana

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Genres:

Drama | History | War

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 November 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

La Commune (Paris, 1871) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,930, 6 July 2003

Gross USA:

$5,340

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,641
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Sound Mix:

Stereo
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Alternate Versions

In December 2002 Peter Watkins started the editing of an abridged theatrical version. In a prologue he expresses his views on discovering that the production company, 13 Production, has financial links with the Lagardère Group (which sells Military Weapons through Matra), then he warns the audience about how much of the sequence shots and live debates from the original full-length movie have been lost in the process of reducing the running time by more than 2 hours to 3 hrs 1/2. See more »

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A Most Necessary Film
17 September 2018 | by christian94See all my reviews

Almost 6 hours long, this epic and enlighten looked at revolt and innovative political popular innovation and inspiring uprising of the commune in 19th century Paris is long and starts slow. It is self-reflective, free and breaks the 4th wall since the first frame and increasingly throughout the film.

The first part focuses on the background and beginning of the revolt and resistance. It explains the inequalities, the education gap, the history and bourgeois, military and blue collar vantage points.

Themes of women rights and education are abundantly explored and counterpoints are somewhat given although the work is clearly socialism and rightly so.

Mainstream media, its biases and impact are explored and although historically TV reporting did not exist at that time. adds an element of modernness, contrasted with the black and white and first-time actors in characters with costumes and minimal decor. The clear and more subtle subterfuge and power of religious authority is well confronted. Same as the military might and oppression as necessity versus violent resistance and what violence entails.

The nonprofessional actors who have been instructed to research their historical characters, the history and facts and to speak their own mind are asked to come out of characters many times in the second, slightly longer part and the beauty and brillance of the film is now in full boom.

Actors and characters discuss turn of the millennium and other 20th century realities like other resistances, fights, wars, repression and innovations including technology. Television, internet, mobile phones and the rest are pacifiers or cause for more unrest? What are we fighting for today and how will it be tomorrow? What and why should we fight? How? Within with morale compass and rules? Many crucial questions are raised and many valid points advanced. All of them still relevant and real today as in 1999 or 1871.

A must-watch film for any conscious moviegoer or any worldwide school children. Enjoy, think, discuss, share.


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