Marx @ 200: The Marxist Movie Series
Frederick Engels (Stefan Konarske, left) and Karl Marx (August Diehl, right) play a game of chess as they contemplate the class struggle.

LOS ANGELES—To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth the Los Angeles Workers Center is co-presenting a Marxist Movie Series throughout the remaining months of 2018. This Karl Marx bicentennial cinema series will screen films by and/or about Marxists to stimulate discourse about important historical figures on the Left and topics such as: class struggle; racism; gay rights; fascism; feminism; religion; etc.

The first film in the series is Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck’s 2018 biopic The Young Karl Marx, starring August Diehl as Marx, Stefan Konarske as Friedrich Engels, Hannah Steele as Mary Burns and Vicky Krieps as Karl’s wife, Jenny Marx. Peck’s film portrays Marx and Engels’s friendship and their romances as they participate in the 1840s revolutionary movements, leading to a poetic visualization of The Communist Manifesto (1848). Raoul Peck also directed ​​​the Academy Award-nominated James Baldwin documentary I Am Not Your Negro and the 2000 feature Lumumba, about the Congolese liberation leader.

The Young Karl Marx screens on Thurs., May 24 at 7:00 pm at The L.A. Workers Center, 1251 S. St. Andrews Pl., Los Angeles  90019, two blocks west of Western Ave., accessible only from Pico Blvd. The film is 118 minutes, in German, French and English with English subtitles.

The movies in this multi-cultural cinema series will be introduced by film historian/critic Ed Rampell, who co-presented 2017’s “Ten Films That Shook The World: A Cinematic Centennial Celebration of the Russian Revolution” at the L.A. Workers Center. Rampell is the author of Progressive Hollywood, A People’s Film History of the United States and co-author of three other movie history books, including The Hawaii Movie and Television Book, the third edition of which has just been published.

The films in the Marxist Movie Series will be screened at 7:00 pm on the fourth Thursday of each month at the L.A. Workers Center. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A. Refreshments will be served. Since we still live under capitalism, donations will be requested. Nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.

For the complete schedule with the entire list of films to be screened during the Marxist Movie Series throughout the year, please go to: https://www.gofundme.com/marx-200-the-marxist-movie-serie.

For further information please contact: 200marxmms@gmail.com.


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