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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
Ronald Beurms Ronald Beurms ... Officer


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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Karl Marx as a living, breathing young man
11 September 2018 | by Red-125See all my reviews

Le jeune Karl Marx (2017) was shown in the United States with the translated title The Young Karl Marx. The movie was co-written and directed by Raoul Peck.

I found this biography of Marx to be interesting. As the person introducing the film noted, most of us think of a mature Karl Marx sitting in the British Library and writing "Das Kapital." However, in this movie, we see Karl Marx (August Diehl ) in his 20's, beginning his friendship with Friedrich Engels, and proving to other socialists and communists that his thoughts were important.

Diehl is excellent, as is Stefan Konarske, who portrays Engels. Vicky Krieps does well in the role of Jenny von Westphalen-Marx, as does Hannah Steele as Mary Burns. (In the movie, for whatever reason, Mary Burns is portrayed as Engels' wife. They were lifelong partners, but never married.)

The movie is packed with data. I believe some of it could have been left out, which would made the movie shorter and tighter. For example, much is made of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, who is considered the founder of anarchism. Proudhon and Marx did, indeed, influence each other. However, how many of us know that? We could certainly enjoy the movie without knowing it.

We saw this film at Rochester's excellent Dryden Theatre, at the George Eastman Museum. It was the opening film of the always-impressive Rochester Labor Film Series. It will work well on the small screen.

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