the young karl marx

First, it was a Young Pope, in the form of Jude Law. Then we received a Young Shakespeare, courtesy of TNT’s edgy series, Will. Then we were gifted Young Dumbledore, again in the form of Jude Law. I’m not suggesting that there is a cinematic universe of young, sexy versions of famous figures (the majority of them looking like Jude Law), but seeing the rollout of several film and TV projects centered around a “young” figure is a little funny.

And that brings us to The Young Karl Marx, a French-German movie that is not in the least bit funny, though it is a tad sexy. Starring Inglourious Basterds scene-stealer August Diehl as the titular young Marx, The Young Karl Marx comes from Raoul Peck, fresh off the acclaim of his documentary I Am Not Your Negro. But the name that will likely grab your attention is Vicky Krieps, the breakout star of awards season darling Phantom Thread.

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