August Diehl Stars in New US Trailer for Biopic 'The Young Karl Marx'
"You are the greatest thinker of our times." The Orchard has released an official US trailer for the indie biopic The Young Karl Marx, which first premiered at the Berlin Film Festival last year. This film tells the story of a young Karl Marx, as the title indicates, who became one of the great philosophers and activists in the mid-1800s. German actor August Diehl (seen in Inglourious Basterds) plays Karl Marx, and Vicky Krieps (seen in Phantom Thread) plays his wife, along with a cast including Stefan Konarske, Olivier Gourmet, Hannah Steele, Alexander Scheer, Hans-Uwe Bauer, Michael Brandner, and Ivan Franek. I'm intrigued by this, and it's described as "a spry romp through the seven years leading up to the drafting of the Communist Manifesto." This film looks like it's seriously worth your time. Check it out below.
Here's the official US trailer (+ poster) for Raoul Peck's The Young Karl Marx, direct from YouTube:
At the age of 26, Karl Marx (August Diehl) embarks with his wife Jenny (Vicky Krieps) on the road to exile. In 1844 Paris they meet young Friedrich Engels (Stefan Konarske), son of a factory owner and an astute student of the English proletariat class. Engels brings Marx the missing piece to the puzzle that composes his new vision of the world. Together, between censorship and police raids, riots and political upheavals, they will preside over the birth of the labor movement, which until then had been mostly makeshift and unorganized. This will grow into the most complete theoretical and political transformation of the world since the Renaissance – driven, against all expectations, by two brilliant, insolent and sharp-witted young men. The Young Karl Marx is directed by Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck, of various films and cinema projects including Lumumba, Murder in Pacot, and Profit & Nothing But! Or Impolite Thoughts on the Class Struggle, as well as I Am Not Your Negro previously. The screenplay is written by Pascal Bonitzer & Raoul Peck; in collaboration with Pierre Hodgson. This premiered at last year's Berlin Film Festival. The Orchard will opens The Young Karl Marx in select theaters starting February 23rd this month. Thoughts?
Reader Feedback - 12 Comments
Damn good. DIGGG.
DAVIDPD on Feb 1, 2018
Jesus christ, communism has never worked dude, all it ever did was kill whoever was under it's rule.
4chan on Feb 1, 2018
Imperialism and Capitalism didn't do better. they just are most insidious. So what?
tarek on Feb 2, 2018
give me some examples
4chan on Feb 2, 2018
Dude, hows your soylent taste?
4chan on Feb 2, 2018
Oh come on, 'dude', communism never existed. I lived under one of those 'scary' so called 'communist' regimes and had a pretty normal life. Without your sf dystopian scenario where everybody is killed. What are you smoking? No, it was not perfect, but was pretty much good life. Better than in some non-'communist' countries ... And of course, the key word is socialism and not the communism. Why? Well, you have to read K. Marx to get that question answered...
shiboleth on Feb 2, 2018
well my mother and her relatives lived in socialist poland and can attest that life was rotten there because of it. and that "sf dystopian scenario" was a harsh reality for millions of people dying under Stalin. running your mouth like that makes you come close to sounding like a holocaust denier, man, and I ain't gonna let that slide.
Terry Craig on Feb 4, 2018
No, I wouldn't defend Stalin or his regime, although I was not born there and I don't have any recollection of it. However, that's different than having knowledge. Which I have some. I was raised in Yugoslavia and I agree that Poland (or Stalin's Soviet Union) were quite another story. Considering all the experiences and knowledge I have about those countries, I think that living in Yugoslavia was better. And I am talking about 1980s. Gulags and other events were something else that left something like 15 millions dead people behind. So, I am not saying I would go back and live that period of time again. But the whole thing is not white and black, there were possibilities of normal life in those societies, but not always and not everywhere and not for everyone. I, myself, was not in the family of party officials but I still had some normal things in life and didn't feel much distress. As I grew older, I saw limitations of that kind of system. But it was not a total disaster, those societies had possibilities of good life and a lot of people enjoyed it. But there's nothing here that has to do anything with Karl Marx. He's work is something quite different and really exceptional... As people often say here, peace ...
shiboleth on Feb 5, 2018
This film looks a bit pretentious. Karl Marx wasn't. He was an exceptional man and I can hardly imagine a good film about him. But then again, people must try impossible. I think he would agree with that ...
shiboleth on Feb 2, 2018
I'm very positively surprised by your post Bo, And a bit ashamed for not anticipating your intelligent sensibility. But then again, you showed me so many times that you have a good nose for interesting and intelligent things. Yes, as I said before, Karl Marx was exceptional. In many respects, he's the man that will come back in the future to remind world societies that they didn't get the message from development of all the ugly things that happen before and today. As for the film, it will be definitely interesting, but I'm not sure how good. Hopefully good. Anyway, nice reading you again. Cheers ...
shiboleth on Feb 2, 2018
Well, my hat of to you too, Bo. The same, naturally, is going to tarek (hopefully, he reads this). But, honestly, I am a bit ashamed of not making an assumptions regarding your views about Karl Marx. But then again, I like people surprise me in a, well yes, a pleasant way. And you also proved to be more and more worthy participant in these little talks we have over here. I am sorry for the fact that I too often underestimate American sensibility about some things, like Marxism or, for example, European art. One of the philosophical author who has strong critical sensibility in that sense, Fredric Jameson, is also an American (and he likes to write much about the books and films) and he has taught me that lesson a long time ago. I guess, stumbling upon your comment, I learnt that my lesson is still not over. As for Marx, he was a great stylist, people don't know that. One of his big life ambition was, after writing six volumes about the Capital (there are only three) is to write a big critical monograph about the work of Honore de Balzac. His first work was a novel, but it didn't get the attention he hoped so he started to do philosophy He was very much interested in culture and in literature Yes, he deserves much more attention and this film is doing some of it. As for that guy below, he's just ignorant, nothing else. As so many on this planet. He may never learn things, and that's not my or your bad. Cheers Bo, glad to be talking to you again. .
shiboleth on Feb 3, 2018
All good, Bo. I only want to add that my mistake is maybe in overemphasizing all of the Americans while not all of them share what you or some other sensible, intelligent and educated person in US thinks and feels about Others and their culture. Just like everywhere, Americans also are not amorphous people just cobbled together without difference between them. Cheers Bo, until the next time...
shiboleth on Feb 4, 2018
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