Marx: The Video. A Politics of Revolting Bodies

Laura Kipnis

1990, 27:00 minutes, colour, English


A postmodern-experimental-revisionist bio-pic on Karl Marx -- this is Marx after the collapse of communism, after feminism, after Freud. Based on Marx's letters to Engels, which were largely concerned with the state of his own body, it recounts a body continually erupting with painful boils and carbuncles into new and grotesque configurations (all the while Marx was writing Capital and anticipating social revolution it was his own body that was in revolt). The body becomes a site of displacement, both for the thwarted revolution and for the problematic issues of sex, subjectivity and the role of women (outside production) deleted from the public-sphere Marx-in-theory.

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