The Internationale

Overview

In 1871, an ex-mayor named Eugene Pottier wrote a set of lyrics that called for the working masses to throw off the shackles of their oppressors. Later, a French factory worker, Pierre Degeyter, added a new melody and "The Internationale" spread rapidly through France and then Europe. The song was translated into dozens of languages and quickly became a rallying cry for communists, anarchists, and socialists worldwide. During a number of strikes, "The Internationale" unified workers of different nationalities and...
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Overview

In 1871, an ex-mayor named Eugene Pottier wrote a set of lyrics that called for the working masses to throw off the shackles of their oppressors. Later, a French factory worker, Pierre Degeyter, added a new melody and "The Internationale" spread rapidly through France and then Europe. The song was translated into dozens of languages and quickly became a rallying cry for communists, anarchists, and socialists worldwide. During a number of strikes, "The Internationale" unified workers of different nationalities and diverse cultural backgrounds. The song often served for multiple causes, from labor rights to the defeat of fascism in Spain, but after becoming the official anthem of the Soviet Union in 1917, many associated "The Internationale" with communism under Joseph Stalin. Slowly, though, new versions and interpretations of the song began to appear, revitalizing its connection to radical movements worldwide. The students sang "The Internationale" in Tiananmen Square, and folksinger Billy Bragg added new lyrics in the late '80s. The Internationale mixes multiple interviews with folksinger Pete Seeger and others with rare archival film footage.
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Special Features

Short film: Toscanini: Hymn of the Nations; A brief history of "The Internationale"; Director biography; Song lyrics
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2006
  • UPC: 720229912457
  • Original Release: 2000
  • Rating:

  • Source: First Run Features
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / B&W / Colorized
  • Language: English
  • Time: 60:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 56,330

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Peter Miller Director, Producer
Jesse Crawford Executive Producer
Mike Harlow Camera Operator
Kevin Keating Camera Operator
Amy Carey Linton Editor
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Internationale
   Start Film
   Special Features
      Hymn of the Nations
         Play
      A Brief History of the Internationale
      Lyrics to the International
      Director Biography
      Trailers
         49 Up
         War Photographer
         Sacco and Vanzetti
         Been Rich All My Life
   First Run Features
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