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Eliane Annie Adalto ... Laundress
Pierre Barbieux ... Child in Cour Popincourt
Bernard Bombeau ... Baker
Maylis Bouffartigue ... Marie-Louise Théron
Geneviève Capy ... Doctor's wife
Anne Carlier ... Laundress
Véronique Couzon ... Marie-Louise Beauger
Piotr Daskiewicz ... Polish Officer
Nicole Defer ... Owner of dressmaking workshop & laundry
Patrick Dell'Isola ... Emile Léonard Morterol
Jürgen Ellinghaus ... Versailles Army Officer
Caroline Esnard-Benoit ... Baker's wife
Roland Fontaine ... Child in Cour Popincourt
Przermyslaw Galkiewicz ... Polish Officer
Jean-Michel Gallois ... Concièrge
Joachim Gatti ... Joachim Rivière
Jean Giacinti ... Adolphe Thiers
Virginie Guibbaud ... Léontine Rombert
Armelle Hounkanin ... Françoise Boidard
Catherine Humbert ... Marguerite Lachaise, cantinière of 66th Battalion, National Guard
Steve Kreisler ... Wickham Hoffmann (US Attaché)
Lucette Labreuil ... Owner of Café Watrin
Michel Labreuil ... Proprietor of Café Watrin
Rémy Le Champion ... Policeman
Jean Legal ... Doctor
Elisabeth Lemaitre ... Pawnbroker
Gaston Lepage ... Child in Cour Popincourt
Manon Lepage ... Child in Cour Popincourt
Micheline Letourneur ... Laundress
Béatrice Mandelbrot ... Laundress
Elsy Mandelbrot ... Convent school pupil
Leila Mandelbrot ... Child in Cour Popincourt
Tilly Mandelbrot ... Child in Cour Popincourt
Samy Nogaro ... Émile Théron
Laurent Parisi ... Policeman
Aurélia Petit ... Blanche Capellier
Flora Pierre ... Laundress (as M B 'Flora' Pierre)
Marek Przbyla ... Polish Officer
Prune Sauvageot ... Child in Cour Popincourt
Pascal Schiltz ... Sailor
Dirk Sikorski ... Anatole Cordier, 66ème
Zinedine Vergnaud ... Child in Cour Popincourt
Gérard Watkins ... Gérard Bourlet
Philippe Welsh ... Le père

François Damiens ... Un réparateur de fusils de la garde nationale (uncredited)
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Directed by
Peter Watkins 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Agathe Bluysen 
Peter Watkins 

Cinematography by
Odd-Geir Sæther 
Film Editing by
Agathe Bluysen 
Olivier Ferrari (theatrical version)
Patrick Watkins 
Peter Watkins 
Production Design by
Patrice Le Turcq 
Production Management
Philippe Welsh .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vanessa Djian .... second assistant director
Romuald Weber .... assistant director
Art Department
Jean-Noël Vincensini .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Benoît Iwanesco .... boom operator
Jean-François Priester .... sound
Sébastien Savine .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Bertrand Etienne .... assistant camera
Galatae Politis .... first assistant camera
Other crew
Julius Berg .... production assistant
Camille Brottes .... script supervisor
Julien Thévenot .... production assistant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La commune (Paris, 1871)" - France (original title)
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345 min | Germany:300 min | 220 min (theatrical version)
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The fact that the movie includes the depiction of media technology inexistent during the period of the Commune marginalizes it's value as a docudrama hoping to recreate accurately these events of 19nth century French history
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Astonishing and inspiring, 13 March 2002
Author: laursene from New York NY

Other viewers' comments (thus far) encapsulate most of my feelings about this amazing film (shot on high-quality B&W video, actually). I would add that La Commune divides naturally into two parts, and would be comparatively easy viewing on different nights. The most dramatic moments, obviously, are in the second half - not just the scenes of the Communards defending Paris, but seeing more of the actors commenting on the project, which is when Watkins' strategy of having them react "as" the people they are portraying rather than simply giving them lines to read, really pays off. Personally, I'm glad I was able to see the whole thing build up to those moments.

But however you decide to do it, see La Commune. It will move you and make you think about your (very real!) ability to be a political actor, to make a difference, to take control of your life, even in a terrible time like the present. To use a much overused word, it's empowering.

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