The Marx Family


GDR, 1983, 6 min, color
In German; English subtitles
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Filmed using an old hand-cranked Parvo L camera and radical montage strategies, this short is an experimental and alternative portrait of Karl Marx’s family and their poor living conditions during their long years in London. Original personal texts by the philosopher and his wife combine with historical photographs overlaying images of an abandoned East Berlin building. This short was produced to celebrate Marx’s 100th birthday in 1983, but officials did not find it worthy. It was released only five years later. Part of DEFA Kinobox 1988/61.


2022 Play Doc International Film Festival Tui, Spain
2021 Retrospective POESÍA DE LO COTIDIANO: Los primeros films de Helke Misselwitz, Mar del Plata Int. Film Festival, Argentina
2021 Retrospective Everyday Poetry: The Films of Helke Misselwitz, Anthology Film Archives, New York
2020 Dresden International Short Film Fest, Germany
2020 CINEMARX, Goethe-Institut Washington, USA


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“A moving short portrait.” —Goethe-Institut Washington


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