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La Commune (Paris, 1871) (2000)

La commune (Paris, 1871) (original title)
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.


Peter Watkins
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Eliane Annie Adalto Eliane Annie Adalto ... Laundress
Pierre Barbieux Pierre Barbieux ... Child in Cour Popincourt
Bernard Bombeau Bernard Bombeau ... Baker
Maylis Bouffartigue Maylis Bouffartigue ... Marie-Louise Théron
Geneviève Capy Geneviève Capy ... Doctor's wife
Anne Carlier Anne Carlier ... Laundress
Véronique Couzon Véronique Couzon ... Marie-Louise Beauger
Piotr Daskiewicz Piotr Daskiewicz ... Polish Officer
Nicole Defer Nicole Defer ... Owner of dressmaking workshop & laundry
Patrick Dell'Isola Patrick Dell'Isola ... Emile Léonard Morterol
Jürgen Ellinghaus Jürgen Ellinghaus ... Versailles Army Officer
Caroline Esnard-Benoit Caroline Esnard-Benoit ... Baker's wife
Roland Fontaine Roland Fontaine ... Child in Cour Popincourt
Przermyslaw Galkiewicz Przermyslaw Galkiewicz ... Polish Officer
Jean-Michel Gallois Jean-Michel Gallois ... Concièrge


A war drama film who merger between documentary and reportage and fiction which turned over common sense, a unique where people in the 19th century was interviewed and covered on television, many of them are working class but the bourgeoisie had not escaped from camera's observation, each recorded their speech and gestures even the revolt that led to extreme and radical and heartbreaking for the working class. One of the most important French film at 21st century. Written by Egi David Perdana

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Drama | History | War


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Alternate Versions

In December 2002 Peter Watkins started the editing of an abridged theatrical version. In a prologue he expresses his views on discovering that the production company, 13 Production, has financial links with the Lagardère Group (which sells Military Weapons through Matra), then he warns the audience about how much of the sequence shots and live debates from the original full-length movie have been lost in the process of reducing the running time by more than 2 hours to 3 hrs 1/2. See more »


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Much more than a film
15 July 2002 | by thaddeus_wellesSee all my reviews

Truly exceptional film making really breaking down the barriers of what is storytelling and letting everything run free. Peter Watkins does what would seem the impossible, not only create a realistic re-enactment of the commune in Paris (just after the siege of the Prussians and the exile of the bourgeois to Versailles) using only an abandoned warehouse and 200 odd unemployed French citizens and illegal immigrants but also to on top of that add a detailed and amazing social experiment. Putting these people through this experience and then have them portray not only their 1871 characters but also themselves in the one film. To hear these people talk about life today and draw parallels between the film they are making and the lives they lead is quite invaluable information. And as if that alone wasn't enough there is the whole other element of the media and how sides are formed and why people believe what they do and how things are taught and passed down so that divides never seem to cease. The use of reporting and television and newspapers really give this film a whole other level from which to operate and constantly throughout the film one has to ask themselves "who do I believe, do I believe anyone" "why am i believing what this person says and not this person" then as if one hasn't had enough thinking to do already you then, like the cast, have to project forward to today and ask yourself who do i believe when it comes to the reporting of current events? Am I receiving an accurate picture of what is occurring? I don't think anyone who offers themselves up to this 6 hour masterpiece can look at the media in quite the same way. Once again I just have to say this film is without a doubt set to become a masterpiece to filmmaking and I urge anyone who happens to see it on a program for a festival or perhaps even on television to sacrifice those few hours, you wont be disappointed. Also is you are left in awe after its viewing as I was then look out for the Universal Clock- The Resistance of Peter Watkins, it acts as a sort of "making of" but is a film in its own right and gives insight to what it was like to be involved in the making of Le Commune Paris 1871

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7 November 2007 (France) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,930, 6 July 2003

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