A historical reenactment in the style of a documentary, the film received much acclaim from critics for its political themes and watkins direction. For an interesting discussion, with many photos and maps, see the website historychronocartography of the 1871 paris commune. The history of the paris commune of 1871 by march, thomas. The power of bonapartism, which had skilfully utilized the struggles of the classes to perpetuate its own rule was being confronted by the. The clash led to weeks of fighting, the governments massacre of an estimated 20,000 people, and the burning, by the communards, of the major public buildings of paris, including the. In this war drama blurring the lines between documentary and fiction, the working class and the bourgeoisie of 19th century paris are interviewed and covered on television, before and during a tragic workers class revolt.
The paris commune was the biggest and last popular revolution in western europe ending the cycle of revolutions that started in 1789. Adolphe thiers, chief executive of the provisional national government, is alarmed by the revolutionary activities of the paris national guard, an armed militia of some 260 battalions organized by the previous government to help defend paris against the prussians in the last days of the disastrous francoprussian war. A historical reenactment in the style of a documentary, the film received much acclaim from critics for watkins direction and political themes. The paris commune is often said to be the first example of working people taking power. Reviewed in the united states on february 22, 2007. All structured data from the file and property namespaces is available under the creative commons cc0 license. An illustration of a computer application window wayback machine an illustration of an open book. Download great houses of chicago 1871 1921 urban domestic architecture series. Roar editor jerome roos spoke to her about the communes legacy, its impact on 19 th century radical thought, and the revival of the communal. The paris commune of 1871 a brief historical background.
Kristin ross is professor of comparative literature at new york university. A study outline cpgb, 1971 6pp p antliff, allan anarchy and art. On march 18 1871, after france was defeated by prussia in the francoprussian war, the french government sent troops into paris to try and take back. The commune of 1871 was never truly vanquishedits political imaginary lived on and is today being liberated and revived in a new cycle of struggles. This includes a detailed map of the barricades, assault routes, and areas burnedout during the french governments assault on the commune. In our time, the siege of paris 187071 bbc radio 4.
Never has a revolution more surprised the revolutionaries. The paris commune of 1871 and the bibliotheque nationale. May 16, 2001 the paris commune of 1871 was one of the greatest and most inspiring episodes in the history of the working class. It occurred in the wake of frances defeat in the francogerman war and the collapse of napoleon iiis second empire 185270. Le musee du louvre the louvre museum discover france. The francoprussian war had led to the capture of emperor napoleon iii in september 1870, the collapse of the second french empire, and the beginning of the third republic. The communes appointment to take charge of the bibliotheque nationale, citizen jules vincent, was dismissed from his post. Inspired by the marxist politics and revolutionary goals of the international workingmens organization also known as the first international, workers of paris united to overthrow the existing french regime which had failed to protect the city from prussian siege, and formed the first. Le gall laurent, lelecteur en campagnes dans le finistere. The paris commune of 1871 was one of the greatest and most inspiring episodes in the history of the working class.
It was a lesson learned in the heady days of the paris commune 1871. With a small film crew and a cast of amatuers, watkins recreates the paris commune. With eliane annie adalto, pierre barbieux, bernard bombeau, maylis bouffartigue. Melvyn bragg and guests discuss paris under prussian siege and then under the commune. The paris commune wis a radical socialist an revolutionary govrenment that ruled paris frae 18 mairch tae 28 mey 1871. The paris commune was a popularled democratic government that ruled paris from march 18 to may 28, 1871. The paris commune y max shachtman the fall of second empire. Documents of the paris commune marxists internet archive. The antiestablishment government of the commune of paris was proclaimed on march 28, 1871, in opposition to thiers, who had withdrawn to versailles with the army. Italy 19 september 2010 milano film festival greece 28 april 2011. During this epic, we witness the rise and eventual fall of the commune. What prevents this movie from being a 5 star film was the lack of a tighter version of the film. The parisian workers strove, in extremely difficult circumstances, to.
For this reason it is a highly significant event, even though it is ignored in the french history curriculum. The paris commune was a radical socialist and revolutionary government that ruled paris from 18 march to 28 may 1871. Roar magazine is an independent journal of the radical imagination providing grassroots perspectives from the frontlines of the global struggle for real democracy. Based on a thorough historical research into the paris commune of 1871 the french revolutionary. The politics of forgetting, french history, volume 23, issue 2, june 2009. Despite the scholarship and political activism devoted to keeping the memory of the paris commune alive. Albumen silver prints from glass negatives dimensions.
In a tremendous revolutionary movement, the working people of paris replaced the capitalist state with their own organs of government and held political power until their downfall in the last week of may. Originally published in the 1930s this is a fascinating examinat. Mar 11, 2020 commune of paris, 1871, insurrection of paris against the french government from march 18 to may 28, 1871. The commune s appointment to take charge of the bibliotheque nationale, citizen jules vincent, was dismissed from his post. Class formations and republican battles in france, 1830. Files are available under licenses specified on their description page. Publication date 1896 topics paris france history commune, 1871 publisher. Also sign me up for fanmail to get updates on all things movies. Yes, this could have been how events unfolded on the streets of paris in 1871, and possibly also paris in 1968. The history of the origin of the commune is the history of the fall of the empire of louis napoleon after the francoprussian war. Louvre loovruh a french palace and the national art museum of france located in paris, the louvre is one of the largest palaces in the world and, as a former residence of the kings of france, one of the most illustrious. From the paris commune to the fall of the berlin wall arsenal pulp press, vancouver 2007 chapter 1.460 206 384 831 1532 1458 786 340 935 428 263 112 554 1223 1062 1227 1327 1270 1364 1346 1450 684 1406 830 1429 17 162 841 525 1522 1152 1448 584 1299 204 1438 947 663 1254 24 876 143 680 901