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May 23, 2007

Karl Marx: The Pre-Beard Years

The Hollywood Reporter, uh, reports:

Haitian auteur Raoul Peck will direct "Karl Marx," tracing the young adventures of the German philosopher and revolutionary, producer Jacques Bidou said Thursday.

The picture will cover the period 1830-1848, including Marx's time in Paris before being expelled to Brussels and culminating with the publication of the Communist Manifesto. "Marx was considered a young genius at the time, but it was also a period marked by the birth of a great movement in thinking," Bidou said.

The story also will encompass Marx's love for his aristocratic wife Jenny von Westphalen, and his friendship with Friedrich Engels, with whom he co-authored the Manifesto.

No cast is yet attached, but Bidou said the principal characters will necessarily be young....

Well, yes, I would say that is probably true, given that Marx was 12 years old in 1830.

The budget is $20 million and shooting begins in February. More:

The screenplay is co-written by Peck and Pascal Bonitzer, who previously collaborated on "Lumumba," the former's biography of Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba, also produced by JBA. A first draft of "Karl Marx" is due to be ready for the Festival de Cannes.

I look forward to the "scribbling in notebooks during 1844/gnawing criticism of the mice" montage.

(crossposted from Crooked Timber)

Posted by smclemee at May 23, 2007 7:59 PM


Elijah Wood as young Karl. Period.

Posted by: Theophrastus Bombastus at May 25, 2007 3:15 PM