Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 41: Friday Feb 10

Marx Reloaded (Barker, 2011): ICA cinema until February 16, Various times. Details here.

NB: The ICA had added another screening on Friday 10th at 4pm as this run is proving so popular.

Here's a fascinating doc featuring many leading Marxist philosophers and their take on the current world recession. It's only £5 (free for ICA members) and features Slavoj Žižek. You can read director Jason Barker's essay on Marx and his film here at the Guardian's website.


Time Out review:

'Filmmaker Barker revisits Karl Marx’s theories in this lively doc. The idea is to apply Marxist thought to the 2008-9 recession. Obviously Barker is not the first to have had this idea, but he does have a wealth of academic commentators to offer pertinent thoughts. The theory of commodity fetishism is just one of the ideas explored via talking heads and – most entertainingly – animation starring Marx himself. Some passionately posit that Communism could be the answer to the world’s economic and environmental challenges, others are more sceptical, although you get the feeling that Barker – a writer, lecturer, translator and doctor of philosophy – has sympathy with the former notion.  The film’s low budget origins are evident but there are enough interesting ideas to make this well worth a watch for those with an interest in philosophy, politics and the general state of the world as we know it.'
Anna Smith 


Here is the trailer.

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