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August 08, 2018

Terror! Robespierre and the French Revolution (2009)

"In 1794, French revolutionary Maximilien Robespierre produced the world's first defense of 'state terror' - claiming that the road to virtue lay through political violence. This film combines drama, archive and documentary interviews to examine Robespierre's year in charge of the Committee of Public Safety - the powerful state machine at the heart of Revolutionary France. Contesting Robespierre's legacy are Slavoj Žižek, who argues that terror in the cause of virtue is justifiable, and Simon Schama, who believes the road from Robespierre ran straight to the gulag and the 20th-century concentration camp."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 8, 2018 08:14 AM