DVD 345 mins IMDB 8.0
Commune (Paris, 1871), La
Doriane Films (2000)
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Drama, History, War
France  /  French

Eliane Annie Adalto Laundress
Pierre Barbieux Child in Cour Popincourt
Bernard Bombeau Baker
Maylis Bouffartigue Marie-Louise Théron
Geneviève Capy Doctor's wife
Anne Carlier Laundress
Véronique Couzon Marie-Louise Beauger
Piotr Daskiewicz Polish Officer
Nicole Defer Owner of dressmaking workshop & laundry
Patrick Dell'Isola Emile Léonard Morterol

Director Peter Watkins
Writer Agathe Bluysen; Peter Watkins

Inside a giant warehouse in a working-class Parisian superb, Peter Watkins (The War Game, Edvard Munch) assembles a cast of over 200 non-professional actors (though their amateur status is undetectable). basing their work upon thorough historical research, they will attempt to re-create the events of March, 1871 - the rise and fall of the Paris Commune.

La Commune (Paris 1871) explores that famous, brief, romantic, and tragic period when poor and working-class Parisians rose up against the "bourgeois" French national government, which fled the capital and re-established itself in Versailles. As this complex historical drama unfolds, it is also "covered" by two television news crews - one from "National TV Versailles" which broadcasts the official version of events, the other from "Commune TV," giving voice to the rebellious Communards.

Mixing past with present, revolutionary in form as well as content, Watkin's audacious masterpiece forces us to confront notions of a safe or objective reading of the past, and also to reflect, inevitably, upon the present. No one who meets the challenge of La Commune (Paris 1871) will be unchanged by the experience.

Edition Details
Distributor Doriane Films
Edition Paris, 1871
Barcode 370024690076
Region Region 1
Release Date 10/24/2006
Packaging Custom Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 B&W
Subtitles English
Audio Tracks FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
Nr of Disks/Tapes 3
Personal Details
Purchase Price $43.99
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Disc 1: Bonus Film: The Universal Clock: The Resistance Of Peter Watkins
Peter Watkins Biography
Discussion Guide