NR  |  1 hour 58 minutes • Archived

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Movie poster image for "THE YOUNG KARL MARX"


In the mid-1800s, after decades of the scientific and economic march of the Industrial Revolution, a 26-year-old writer, researcher and radical named Karl Marx meets young Friedrich Engels, the well-to-do son of a factory owner whose studies and research has exposed the poor wages and worse conditions of the new English working class. Together, between censorship and police raids, riots and political upheavals, they will preside over the birth of the labor movement turning far-flung and unorganized idealists into a united force with a common goal. As director Raoul Peck himself puts it, "Before they'd even reached the age of thirty, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels had undoubtedly started to change the world--for better or worse..."

Directed By

Raoul Peck

Written By

Raoul Peck, Pascal Bonitzer


August Diehl, Stefan Konarske, Vicky Krieps


French and German with English subtitles, and some English

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