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Winstanley (1975)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, War | 1975 (UK)
Winstanley explores the attempt by Gerrard Winstanley who formed 'The Diggers' and with a group of followers attempted to form a small farming community in one of the first proto-Communist attempts at collective agriculture.

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Miles Halliwell ... Gerrard Winstanley
... General Lord Fairfax
Terry Higgins ... Tom Haydon
Phil Oliver ... Will Everard
David Bramley ... Parson Platt
Alison Halliwell ... Mrs. Platt
Dawson France ... Capt. Gladman
Bill Petch ... Henry Bickerstaffe
Barry Shaw ... Colonel Rich
Sid Rawle ... Ranter
George Hawkins ... John Coulton
Stanley Reed ... Recorder
Philip Stearns ... Francis Drake
Flora Skrine ... Mrs. Drake
George Barratt
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Winstanley explores the attempt by Gerrard Winstanley who formed 'The Diggers' and with a group of followers attempted to form a small farming community in one of the first proto-Communist attempts at collective agriculture.

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Biography | Drama | War

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Novelist Marina Lewycka, best known for her 2005 debut 'Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian', acted as a language consultant on the film, advising the writer-directors on the English of the time. See more »

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Alexander Nevsky
Music by Sergei Prokofiev
Played by Ceská Filharmonie (as The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra)
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Great production of a great philosopher
30 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

I first watched this film in an Early Modern European history course and it blew me away. As a film buff it's interesting. It's a lot like a silent film (i.e. Griffith) with all the narrative frames in between each scene. As a socialist I find this film invaluable as a gateway to Winstanley's writings. He was truly a man ahead of his time.


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