The Young Karl Marx
Der junge Karl Marx
Wednesday 10 April at 7:30 pm *
Raoul Peck│France/ Belgium/Germany│2017│118 mins│M violence
“From Lumumba to I am Not Your Negro [also being screened by the Dunedin Film Society this year], Raoul Peck has sought to bring complex political issues to vivid, undiluted life. His latest film, a passion project many years in gestation, takes on one of the most influential figures in modern history and finds the sweet spot between a compelling biopic and a substantial treatment of Marx’s thought. The film begins in 1843 with Europe on the brink of political revolution. Marx is an impoverished journalist struggling to support his family while his inflammatory writings keep them on the move, from Prussia to Paris to Brussels to London. His path crosses that of wealthy mill-owner’s son Friedrich Engels, and, after a contentious first meeting, they join forces to shape a theoretical foundation for the political ferment that is boiling over in Europe. The Young Karl Marx bristles with forceful debates and the memorable personalities involved in them. Marx is seen not as a solitary prophet but a thinker whose ideas evolved in dialogue with those around him, including the dandyish Engels, Marx’s high-born but politically astute wife Jenny, Engels’s Irish labor-activist wife Mary Burns, and the radical father-figures Bakunin and Proudhon.”- The Gene Siskel Film Center
*Casual admission will be possible in exchange for a small donation.