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The Young Karl Marx

Der junge Karl Marx

2017, Raoul Peck, Germany/France, 114 min. With August Diehl, Stefan Konarske.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jun 22nd 2:00pm
  • Fri, Jun 22nd 6:00pm
  • Sat, Jun 23rd 3:00pm
  • Sat, Jun 23rd 7:30pm
  • Sun, Jun 24th 5:00pm
  • Mon, Jun 25th 7:45pm
  • Wed, Jun 27th 7:45pm
  • Thu, Jun 28th 6:00pm
First Chicago run!

"Audacious, engrossing." - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

"Both intellectually serious and engagingly free-spirited...The great virtue of THE YOUNG KARL MARX is its clarity, its ability to perceive the way the eddies of personal experience flow within the wider stream of history." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times

From LUMUMBA to I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, Raoul Peck has sought to bring complex political issues to vivid, undiluted life. His latest film, a passion project many years in gestation, takes on one of the most influential figures in modern history and finds the sweet spot between a compelling biopic and a substantial treatment of Marx's thought. The film begins in 1843 with Europe on the brink of political revolution. Marx (Diehl) is an impoverished journalist struggling to support his family while his inflammatory writings keep them on the move, from Prussia to Paris to Brussels to London. His path crosses that of wealthy mill-owner's son Friedrich Engels, and, after a contentious first meeting, they join forces to shape a theoretical foundation for the political ferment that is boiling over in Europe. The film bristles with forceful debates and the memorable personalities involved in them. Marx is seen not as a solitary prophet but a thinker whose ideas evolved in dialogue with those around him, including the dandyish Engels (Konarske), Marx's high-born but politically astute wife Jenny (Vicky Krieps of PHANTOM THREAD), Engels's Irish labor-activist wife Mary Burns, and the radical father-figures Bakunin and Proudhon (the latter played with scene-stealing gusto by Dardenne favorite Olivier Gourmet). In German, French, and English with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

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