The Young Karl Marx (18*)

Karl Marx
Play button icon

The early years of Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels and Jenny Marx, are brought to life in political conversations between Paris, Brussels and London.

Between censorship and police raids, riots and political upheavals, Karl Marx (August Diehl) and Friedrich Engels (Stefan Konarske) meet in Paris in 1844, and together, become defining voices for the burgeoning labour movement. Expect fiery exchanges of ideas over drunken bonding sessions, nurturing support from their adoring partners and masses of righteous indignation at the social inequalities magnified by the industrial revolution.

This humanising period drama from director Raoul Peck's (I Am Not Your Negro) tracks the lives of these radical young philosophers from their first meeting through to writing The Communist Manifesto, and the flying sparks that helped ignite and inspire the most significant theoretical and political transformation of the world since the Renaissance.

Featuring Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread) as Jenny Marx.

Germany 2017 Dir Raoul Peck 118 min

This film has been locally classified by the City of London Corporation

Please arrive promptly at the advertised start time

Proof of ID may be requested on entry to films, in compliance with BBFC ratings

Discover

Play button icon
Photo of Barbican Cinema red seats

Podcast: Cinema

Subscribe to our fortnightly podcast for interviews and discussion about our film programme, from the iconic to the independent, art-house to the award-winning - plus our incredible archive of ScreenTalks.

Available on iTunes, Spotify and Acast

Membership for film-lovers

Immerse yourself in movie magic with 20% off cinema tickets for you and a guest, Members’ Sunday Screenings and exclusive members’ events

Barbican Cinema 2