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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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"Reclaiming, ideologically ingrained..." See more (14 total) »


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
Laurent Roth
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)

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
Benoit Iwanesko .... boom operator (as Benoît Iwanesco)
Jean-François Priester .... sound
Sébastien Savine .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Sébastien Courtain .... electrician
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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"La commune (Paris, 1871)" - France (original title)
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345 min | Germany:300 min | 220 min (theatrical version)
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
"Reclaiming, ideologically ingrained...", 11 July 2014
Author: Sindre Kaspersen from Norway

English screenwriter, film editor and director Peter Watkins' documentary drama which he co-wrote with screenwriter and researcher Agathe Bluysen, is inspired by real events which took place in the capital city of France during two months in the early 1870s. It premiered on German television, was shot on a set at a factory in France and is a French production which was produced by producer Paul Saadoun. It tells the story about the many citizens of the Third French Republic (1870-1940) and how the history of their nation and Europe was changed during the course of sixty-five days of political revolt by a federation of elected delegates called the National Guard and working class civilians who were dedicated to defend their country and colony from a monarchist restoration and a Prussian invasion by the first Chancellor of Germany Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898), and create an egalitarian social republic.

Distinctly and engagingly directed by English auteur filmmaker Peter Watkins, this finely paced reconstruction which is narrated by the director in written words, by two television journalists for Commune TV named Blance Capellier and Gerard Bourlet and interchangeably from multiple viewpoints, draws an informative and interactive portrayal of political philosophy. While notable for its atmospheric milieu depictions, reverent cinematography by cinematographer Odd-Geir Sæther and costume design by costume designer Eloide Delaux, this dialog-driven and narrative-driven story where themes like communalism, authoritarianism, radicalization and management of political power are exemplified and debated, is a collective study of an historical period in French history which explains hierarchical and other methods used in audiovisual media and other educational systems like religious or state education whilst using a singular process of filmmaking where the many participants who had to adapt to the production democratically and not merely examine and represent their characters but also express their own views on them, the central theme and the making of the film, goes beyond acting with their personal commitment.

This increasingly reflective, densely biographical and extrovert narrative feature from the early 2000s which is set mostly in Paris and in Versailles, France in the late 19th century seventy-three years before women obtained the right to vote in France, and after the fall of emperor Napoleon Bonaparte III (1769-1821), the Second French Empire (1852-1870) and the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871), and where the fictitious place coined by a 16th century English Roman Catholic which centuries later became a reality due to human beings is reenacted, is impelled and reinforced by its cogently fragmented narrative structure, subtle character development, rhythmic continuity, use of photographs, introduction to historical people like a French school teacher known as the red virgin of Montmartre who used the pseudonym Clémence and parallels between the political climate of the 19th and 20th century. A reclaiming, ideologically ingrained and justified homage to French children, women and men.

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