[Marxism] Communion | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Jan 3 12:50:28 MST 2019

Among the Hollywood “quality” films sent to me in November for 
consideration in our NYFCO awards meeting was “Crazy Rich Asians” that I 
could not endure for more than 15 minutes. If I had watched the whole 
thing, I probably would have written a review something like this:

	If you go to a bachelorette party on an island and the other guests put 
a huge bloody fish head on your pillow, you are in a horror movie, not a 
rom-com. Maybe at this point in the history of capitalism there’s not 
much difference. Crazy Rich Asians looks more like a glossy tourist 
magazine produced for an international economics summit than a movie.

That’s from A.S. Hamrah, the film reviewer at N+1, a really great 
Marxist journal of politics and the arts. The graphics aren’t snazzy 
like Jacobin’s but it is ten times smarter. Hamrah should get a medal 
just for sitting through this garbage.

Starting not long after the NYFCO awards meeting, I got back to the kind 
of films I really enjoy. I doubt that I will see any this year that is 
more of a polar opposite to “Crazy Rich Asians” that opens tomorrow at 
the IFC in New York and the Laemmle in Los Angeles than “Communion”, a 
Polish cinéma vérité documentary about a family that is not only at the 
bottom of the economic ladder but burdened by serious family problems 
that would challenge even a billionaire’s. It is up to the 14-year old 
Ola to keep things together. With a 13-year old autistic brother being 
prepped for his communion and an unemployed alcoholic father to look 
after, her perseverance and grace under fire is something to behold.

full: https://louisproyect.org/2019/01/03/communion/

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