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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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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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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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5 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
We Is They Is We, 27 May 2008
Author: tedg ( from Virginia Beach

This is a pretty exhilarating idea.

Take a period in history where its all about collective points of view. In other words, select a time where the movies chosen by groups clash. Its better if it a time before movies and in a place that believes they know something about movies.

Introduce it as a movie, with interviews first with actors and then with characters. Then, action (with characters glancing at the camera), but wait.

Soon we see that inside the movie, we will see reporting by a TeeVee news crew. This is displayed in two forms within the film.. We see the news broadcast and the Parisans watching it.

They are of course biased in favor of the royalist government. So just as the rabble revolt against the government, we have an alternative TeeVee crew enlisted, who also go around interviewing the crowd as well, all obviously amateur actors, not starving, not sick, toothless and in pain.

We are introduced to characters who introduce themselves as fictional characters. We see the two TeeVee reporters take on the character of the events we see, and get blamed for the whole thing, history writing itself. It is the only example I know of this particular type of fold, where our notion of history as retrospective watching is folded into on-screen watchers.

But at so many hours, its a long slog because there is some conflating of French history with French film history, and its just not as profound as they suppose.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.

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