Saturday, February 19, 2011

Marx Reloaded!

Marx Reloaded website

Marx Reloaded is a 2011 documentary film written and directed by the British writer and theorist Jason Barker. The film features interviews with several well-known philosophers, among them those often associated with Marxism and Communist ideas, including Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri, Nina Power, Jacques Rancière, Alberto Toscano and Slavoj Žižek.

According to the film’s website, “Marx Reloaded … examines the relevance of German socialist and philosopher Karl Marx's ideas for understanding the global economic and financial crisis of 2008—09” and further asks, in the context of an alleged revival of Marxist thinking, whether “communism might provide the solution to the growing economic and environmental challenges facing the planet”.

The film also includes animation scenes with Marx trapped in a surreal world resembling the 1999 science fiction-action film The Matrix, starring Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne. In one such scene Marx encounters Leon Trotsky in a pastiche of the scene in The Matrix in which Fishburne's character Morpheus first meets Reeves' character Neo.

1 comment:

  1. I love Jason Barker's work, it's always got a wicked sense of humour running through it and this film looks like it's going to be no exception. Only one problem, when's the English version coming out?