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The Young Karl Marx (2017)

Le jeune Karl Marx (original title)
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The early years of Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels and Jenny Marx, between Paris, Brussels and London.


Raoul Peck


Pascal Bonitzer (screenplay), Raoul Peck (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
August Diehl ... Karl Marx
Stefan Konarske Stefan Konarske ... Friedrich Engels
Vicky Krieps ... Jenny von Westphalen-Marx
Olivier Gourmet ... Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
Hannah Steele ... Mary Burns
Alexander Scheer ... Wilhelm Weitling
Hans-Uwe Bauer Hans-Uwe Bauer ... Arnold Ruge
Michael Brandner ... Joseph Moll
Ivan Franek ... Mikhail Aleksandrovich Bakunin
Peter Benedict Peter Benedict ... Herr Engels
Marie Meinzenbach Marie Meinzenbach ... Lenchen
Niels-Bruno Schmidt ... Karl Grün
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wiebke Adam Wiebke Adam ... Frau Ruge
Aran Bertetto Aran Bertetto ... Paddy
Ulrich Brandhoff ... Herrmann Kriege


26 year-old Karl Marx embarks with his wife, Jenny, on the road to exile. In 1844 Paris, he meets Friedrich Engels, an industrialist's son, who investigated the sordid birth of the British working-class. Engels, the dandy, provides the last piece of the puzzle to the young Karl Marx's new vision of the world. Together, between censorship and the police's repression, riots and political upheavals, they will lead the labor movement during its development into a modern era.

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France | Belgium | Germany


German | French | English

Release Date:

2 March 2017 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

France See more »


Box Office


€9,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,097, 25 February 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$125,659, 17 May 2018
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)


Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Good but necessarily incomplete
7 March 2018 | by freedsSee all my reviews

Peck's film follows appealingly prickly young Marx and Engels from their early insistence on the hard truths of class-conflict against the utopian socialists of their day, to the founding of the first workers' international with a program of anti-capitalist struggle, the Communist Manifesto. Only a profit-system triumphalist would resist cheering them on along with the galvanized, wretched workers of 1848. The contrasting constraints on their activist mates, the high-born Jenny Marx and worker Mary Burns, raise still-pressing issues, and the situation of Engels, the revolutionary intellectual who must finance the cause by working for the enemy, may resonate with professionals today.

But the movie, concluding with a montage of wars and protests churned up by the profit system in the present, feels frustrating and incomplete - inevitably so. It doesn't show the collective hero of Marx and Engels' vision, the world working class. This class, that produces all, is now ever more interlinked and technically advanced. But its political development hasn't caught up with material conditions that never existed in previous challenges to capitalism. The decisive fight against the old system for humanity's future has yet to be waged, its film still to be made. R. Freed

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