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Mainstream, VOL LIX No 23, New Delhi, May 22, 2021

A biographical film and readings about the life of Eleanor Marx

Saturday 22 May 2021


[1] The Film - Miss Marx

Synopsis: Miss Marx is a 2020 biographical film about Eleanor, the youngest daughter of Karl Marx, written and directed by Italian director Susanna Nicchiarelli.

The film focuses on the last stage of Eleanor’s life, her militancy to spread socialist ideas, her participation in workers’ struggles, and her approach to gender oppression from a class perspective.


* Direction: Susanna Nicchiarelli.
* Script: Susanna Nicchiarelli.
* Music: Gatto Ciliegia Contro il Grande Freddo.
* Photography: Crystel Fournier.
* Cast: Romola Garai, Patrick Kennedy, Felicity Montagu, Karina Fernández, Oliver Chris, Emma Cunniffe, John Gordon Sinclair, Philip Gröning, George Arrendell, Célestin Ryelandt.
* Production company: Co-production Italia-Belgium; Vivo Film, Tarantula, RAI, VOO, BE TV, Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo, Eurimages.
* Year: 2020.
* Duration: 107 min.

[2] Suggested readings on the life of Eleanor Marx:

  • Rachel Holmes, Eleanor Marx: A Life. London: Bloomsbury, 2014.
  • Yvonne Kapp, Eleanor Marx: Volume 1: Family Life, 1855–1883. London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1972. Also: New York: Pantheon Books, 1976.
  • Yvonne Kapp, Eleanor Marx, Volume 2: The Crowded Years, 1884–1898. London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1976. Also: New York: Pantheon Books, 1976.
  • Olga Meier and Faith Evans (eds.), The Daughters of Karl Marx: Family Correspondence, 1866–1898. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1982.
  • John Stokes, Eleanor Marx (1855–1898): Life, Work, Contacts. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000.
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