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La Commune: Paris, 1871

Directed by Peter Watkins



Director Peter Watkins crafted this docudrama as a historical re-enactment in the style of a documentary, shot in a mere 13 days in an abandoned factory on the outskirts of Paris. Using a mainly non-professional cast, many of whom knew nothing about the Commune, the actors did much of their own research for the massive project – which runs over five hours in its uncut version. In the spirit of the Commune, Watkins has said he wanted the actors “to reflect on the links between the events of the Commune and society today. In this way, we were asking the cast to contribute directly to the manner of telling their own history.”


Film Information

SEP 15 @ 5pm

  • Location Bright Family Screening Room
  • Running Time 345 minutes
  • Year 2000
  • Format BetaSP, B&W
  • Rating n/a
  • Awards 1988 Oscar for Best Foreign