[Marxism] The Workshop; A Bag of Marbles | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Mar 23 08:09:28 MDT 2018

Two French films open today in New York that are deeply engaged with the 
country’s malaise both present and past. Laurent Cantet’s “The 
Workshop”, which can be seen at the IFC Center, examines the troubled 
interaction between a successful novelist Olivia Dejazet and seven local 
students attending her writer’s workshop in La Ciotat, a southern town 
once dominated by the defunct ship-building industry and the militant 
Communist-led trade unions to which their workers belonged. Now, the 
only boats being built in La Ciotat are yachts for the super-rich who 
are resented by the economically depressed locals, including the 
students. “The Bag of Marbles” that opens at the Landmark on 57th Street 
is set in Vichy France and tells the story of two Jewish boys who are on 
the run from the Nazis. In preparing the boys for their trek across 
France into the Italian-controlled south of the country, their father 
trains them to deny their Jewishness. Over the kitchen table, he grills 
them as if he were a Gestapo interrogator. “Are you Jewish?”, he snarls 
at Joseph, the 10-year old who is more vulnerable than his 12-year old 
brother Maurice. When the boy says no, the father slaps him across the 
face and repeats the question. After 4 or 5 slaps, the father is 
satisfied that they are ready to send on their way.

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