Tehran museum to review Peter Watkins’s “La Commune”
Art and Experience: France-based British director Peter Watkins’s 2000 historical drama “La Commune (Paris, 1871)” will go on screen today at 1 p.m. at the cinematheque of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMCA).
The 375-minute movie shot in black and white and blurring the lines between documentary and fiction, is named after the Paris Commune, a radical socialist and revolutionary government that ruled Paris from March 18 to May 28, 1871.
The Movie centers on the working class as well as the bourgeoisie of 19th-century Paris, which are interviewed and covered on television, before and during a tragic workers’ class revolt.
“La commune (Paris, 1871)” is widely noted for its huge cast, most of whom were non-professionals, including many immigrants from North Africa. It was shot within just thirteen days in an abandoned factory on the outskirts of Paris.