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Socialist Theater Workers, Unite!

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Release Date: April 03, 2009

Starring: Gérard Jugnot, Nora Arnezeder, Clovis Cornillac, Kad Merad, Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Maxence Perrin, and Pierre Richard

Genre: Drama

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 120 minutes

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Content:

(HHH, B, SoSoSo, CoCo, Ab, LL, S, NN, AA, D, M) Very strong humanist, anti-fascist worldview set during the political turmoil of 1930s France in the Great depression, but not overtly in-your-face anti-religious humanism, with very strong socialist elements that include a positive character who is a Communist and an unemployed father trying to re-connect with his son who has been taken away by the man’s re-married, unfaithful wife, plus man tells anti-Semitic jokes but anti-Semitism eventually rebuked; 11 obscenities; man beaten to death and man shot; implied adultery and implied fornication; upper female nudity in risqué restaurant and upper male nudity in one scene; alcohol use and drunkenness; smoking; and, lying, stealing, workers strike, and unemployed father loses his rights to even see his son.

Summary:

PARIS 36 is a humanist period drama from France about a socialist theatrical troupe in 1936 that has trouble with a fascist landlord. PARIS 36 doesn’t really get going until the second half and has a socialist humanist worldview with Communist leanings, some foul language and explicit nudity.

Review:

** Socialist Theater Workers, Unite! **

TITLE: PARIS 36

Quality: * * Acceptability: -3

SUBTITLES: -- In French with English subtitles --

WARNING CODES:

Language: LL

Violence: VV

Sex: S

Nudity: NN

RATING: PG-13

RELEASE: April 3, 2009

TIME: 120 minutes

STARRING: Gérard Jugnot, Nora Arnezeder, Clovis Cornillac, Kad Merad, Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Maxence Perrin, and Pierre Richard

DIRECTOR: Christophe Barratier

PRODUCERS: Jacques Perrin and Nicolas Mauvernay

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: None

WRITERS: Christophe Barratier and Julien Rappeneau

BASED ON THE NOVEL/PLAY BY: N/A

DISTRIBUTOR: Sony Pictures Classics

CONTENT: (HHH, B, SoSoSo, CoCo, Ab, LL, S, NN, AA, D, M) Very strong humanist, anti-fascist worldview set during the political turmoil of 1930s France in the Great depression, but not overtly in-your-face anti-religious humanism, with very strong socialist elements that include a positive character who is a Communist and an unemployed father trying to re-connect with his son who has been taken away by the man’s re-married, unfaithful wife, plus man tells anti-Semitic jokes but anti-Semitism eventually rebuked; 11 obscenities; man beaten to death and man shot; implied adultery and implied fornication; upper female nudity in risqué restaurant and upper male nudity in one scene; alcohol use and drunkenness; smoking; and, lying, stealing, workers strike, and unemployed father loses his rights to even see his son.

GENRE: Drama

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Older teenagers and adults

In Brief:

PARIS 36 is a humanist period drama from France. Set in 1936, it tells the story of a group of unemployed theater workers who form a socialist theater co-op to re-open the theater where worked. The problem is, the neighborhood’s local fascist leader, a real estate businessman, is the theater’s landlord. The landlord forces the group’s talented young female singer, who really loves the Communist union leader, to be seen around town with him. A revised show finally sparks success for the group. Meanwhile, the stage manager tries to re-connect with his son after his cheating wife gets remarried and takes the boy away. Eventually, the fascist landlord decides to take revenge against the theater troupe, but there’s a happy ending.

PARIS 36 tries to be heartwarming, but it doesn’t really get going until the second half. Also, the movie’s humanist socialist worldview is not inspiring or morally uplifting, because it is not grounded in God and His transcendent moral order. In addition, the Communist union leader is a hero. Ultimately, Communism, socialism and humanism are morally empty because they have no transcendent, eternal foundation to support their principles.