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Dan Carrier’s movies news: The Young Karl Marx; Revenge

04 May, 2018 — By Dan Carrier

August Diehl plays the young Karl Marx

DIRECTOR Raoul Peck wooed audiences with his incredible documentary I Am Not Your Negro, his cinematic treatment of James Baldwin’s essay on his life as a Black American through the 20th century.

It was a chunky theme to tackle and he did so with panache and aplomb – cutting footage from the Civil Rights era with recordings of Baldwin in action, giving speeches at places like Cambridge University and on American TV chat shows.

Now he has created a bio-pic, The Young Karl Marx, and takes the viewer from the political economist/philosopher days as a wandering firebrand journalist through to moving to London, joining up with Friedrich Engels, and penning The Communist Manifesto.

August Diehl takes on the role of the heavily bearded thinker, Stefan Konarske is his foil in Engels, while Vicky Krieps plays Jenny von Westphalen. It includes, at the end, a mash-up of historical footage racing through two centuries in a similar way Peck spliced Baldwin’s story together.

Revenge is French director Coralie Fargeat’s violent thriller about a woman who is attacked by three men and left for dead. Jennifer (Matilda Lutz) goes on a weekend break with her lover (Kevin Janssens) but when his friends appear things take a sinister turn. Jen will not let them get away with their behaviour – and sets out to seek bloody revenge…


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