Ok so it started with Marx reading an article from his Young Hegelian days, it cuts to him arrogantly saying "I know what's best" and dismissing their ideas as vague (which they are)
Then Marx interrupts Proudhon during a lecture and goes over all the usual tropes beat for beat.
Meanwhile Engels is being an incel creeping on the workers his father fired.
Marx meets Engels and they almost immediately start sucking each other's work off. There's a chase scene out of fucking nowhere as cops chase the two through Paris (I'm so confused)
Oh wow, the editing in this film is really bad, its shots don't match, the audio is sliced together in beat with the video cuts so it's really obvious when they're stitching two different takes together.
Oooh Karl Marx is having nightmare/flashbacks now
And boring philosophers are talking boring philosophy in period mise-en-scene
This movie is... Odd...
Oh fuck... This film really subscribes to the great man theory of history, this isn't good...
They're just calling eachother great men, then politely insulting eachother and giving speeches to workers.
Every other scene shows these people literally talking down to workers, even when not giving grand speeches.
This movie is really dark... Not in terms of the tone, but in terms of TURN THE FUCKING LIGHTS ON OR COLOUR GRADE THIS MOVIE PROPERLY FUCK
Engels is an Incel with daddy issues plot arch continues!
"We live in a society!"
THEY SAID IT, THEY FUCKING SAID IT WTF
It just had a scene where Marx, Engels and Engels' wife all calmly and politely told off a posh person for exploiting children.
This is hilarious.
Aaaaand Marx is going off on a "Poor people are stupid" take again, someone punch him please
It's the 1840s and they're already trying to split the left. Why are tankies like this?😹
So I'm at the 2nd act lowpoint, Engels and Marx have been kicked out of some socialist group, looks like their plan isn't going to work... Whatever it is.
I'm 2/3rds of the way through the movie, and I can't confidently say what its plot is...
HAHAHA there's a fucking montage of them writing bullshit! This is the least exciting montage I have ever fucking seen!
They're writing a critique of Proudhon's new book for... Why? What reason exactly? I have no idea what their motivation is in the context of this movie...
Oh look! Engels is talking down to the working class again!
AHAHAHAHHA! They just had a guy get up on stage to interrupt Engels and preach Nonviolence, out of fuckin nowhere, who is this guy?
Omg... This is one of the hokiest acted speeches I've ever seen
They just pulled down the banners and launched a coup, forming the Communist league. Anarchists v Marxists line drawn down the middle. Still don't know why these characters are doing anything they're doing. Things just seem to happen in succession.
The editing is really really fucking weird, I don't know what's going on anymore
Now Marx and Engels are arguing for no reason, why? Why is any of this happening?
Oh no... They're going to end it with them publishing the manifesto, fuck
They're literally just reading the Communist Manifesto over a montage of sad proletarians looking directly at the camera. A little girl in front of a french flag stares at the camera as it fades to black and says "The 1848 revolution started one month later" then recounts what they go on to do.
You can practically see the director wanking behind the camera...
And for some reason the credits music is "Like a Rolling Stone" played over a nonsensical montage of class struggle throughout the years.
In conclusion, its "plot" meanders, going absolutely nowhere and flat-out dropping plot threads and picking others out of nowhere.
The movie is *apparently* about the beginning of the conflict between Marxists and Anarchists, but we're never quite shown why this conflict is happening. Marx and Engels, in the context of the film, have absolutely zero motivation for doing what they're doing. Proudhon happily hands them his book, and instantly they're in a weak montage writing their response... why? I don't fucking know!
Anarchists are broadly displayed as dogmatic of and subservient to Proudhon, whereas Marxists literally talking down to the proletariat are given this "great man" status. (Even alleging that they were responsible for the 1848 revolutions)
The editing is shockingly bad, none of the cuts have any motivation, shots have no connection to one another, scenes just begin and end out of nowhere, giving tonal and pacing whiplash.
Bad movie. Bad bad bad.
@GreenandBlack wtf I need to watch this movie now. It sounds like Tommy Wiseau as a tankie
@GreenandBlack "haha, what a story, Marx"
@GreenandBlack yikes yikes
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