La Commune (Paris, 1871)

Rated NR 345 minutes 2000

Noted filmmaker and media critic Peter Watkins directs this mammoth six-hour-long look at the legendary Paris Commune of 1871. Following the humiliating defeat of France in the Franco-Prussian War, the reign of Napoleon III collapsed in the resulting public foment. While a new regime headed under the Government of National Defense tried to shore up power, a band of commoners took the reigns of power for themselves and created the Paris Commune, a government defiantly separate from the state operating under a sort of proto-Marxist ethos. Inevitably, the Commune was brutally suppressed by French troops. Watkins' treatment of the event juxtaposes the present with the past -- modern day CNN-style reporting with historical fact. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.~ Jonathan Crow, All Movie Guide

Film Credits

Director: Peter Watkins

Writer: Agathe Bluysen and Peter Watkins

Cast: Eliane Annie Adalto, Pierre Barbieux and Bernard Bombeau

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