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221 Ratings

La commune (Paris, 1871)

Directed by Peter Watkins
France, 2000
Drama, History, War


La Commune (Paris, 1871) is a drama about the Paris Commune. It is a historical re-enactment in the style of a documentary, and was shot in an abandoned factory on the outskirts of Paris. The large cast is mainly non-professional, including many immigrants from North Africa.

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La commune (Paris, 1871) Directed by Peter Watkins

Critics reviews

Like many other Watkins films—including The War Game, Punishment Park, and the brilliant Culloden (which chronicles the last land battle fought in Britain, in 1746)—La Commune is basically done as TV reportage. That sounds like an odd way to treat events in the 18th and 19th centuries, but it actually works as a way of commenting on both history and the present, social memory and the media.
May 17, 2002
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