- Marx Reloaded
Marx Reloaded Directed by Jason Barker Produced by Jason Barker
Written by Jason Barker Starring Jason Barker
Music by Markus Rieger Editing by Nebojsa Andric
Studio Films Noirs
Distributed by Arte Release date(s) April 11, 2011(Germany) Running time 52 minutes Country German Language English
Marx Reloaded is a 2011 German documentary film written and directed by the British writer and theorist Jason Barker. Featuring interviews with several well-known philosophers, the film aims to examine the relevance of Karl Marx's ideas in relation to the global economic and financial crisis of 2008–09.
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”.
Marx Reloaded features interviews with several well-known philosophers, among them those often associated with Marxism and Communist ideas, including John Gray, Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri, Nina Power, Jacques Rancière, Peter Sloterdijk, Alberto Toscano and Slavoj Žižek. The film also includes animation scenes with Marx trapped in a surreal world resembling the 1999 science fiction-action film The Matrix, which starred Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne. In one such animated scene Marx (Jason Barker) encounters Leon Trotsky (Ivan Nikolic) in a pastiche of the scene in The Matrix in which Fishburne's character Morpheus first meets Reeves' character Neo.
Marx Reloaded had its TV premiere on Arte on 11 April and was repeated on 20 April. The film was subsequently broadcast on the Romanian television channel B1 TV on 12 August 2011, followed by a studio debate involving political analyst Dinu Flămând, journalist Cristian Tudor Popescu and writer Vasile Ernu.
On 25 September 2011 the film was screened (out of competition) at the 2011 DMZ Korean International Documentary Film Festival. The screening was followed by a panel discussion involving writer-director Jason Barker, Professor Taek-Gwang Lee of Kyung Hee University and Yongjune Park, the editor of Indigo, an English-language Korean humanities magazine. Both the film and director were the subject of national press coverage in the Hankook Ilbo.
- Karl Marx in film
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- Official website
- Marx Reloaded at the Internet Movie Database
- Marx Reloaded Review at Der Tagesspiegel (German site)
- Marx Reloaded Review at The Original Sonic Truth blog
- Marx Reloaded trailer at YouTube
- Marx Reloaded blog (Korean site)
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