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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Maoist Film from the Cultural Revolution: Breaking With Old Ideas

Breaking With Old Ideas is a Chinese film from 1975 about revolutionizing education in the countryside and trasforming in a fundamental way the way people relate to nature, to society as a whole, and to each other. This revolutionary film is now available for free viewing at You Tube. What you can see here is only part 1, the other 14 parts are linked below:



Breaking With Old Ideas - Part 2
Breaking With Old Ideas - Part 3
Breaking With Old Ideas - Part 4
Breaking With Old Ideas - Part 5
Breaking With Old Ideas - Part 6
Breaking With Old Ideas - Part 7
Breaking With Old Ideas - Part 8
Breaking With Old Ideas - Part 9
Breaking With Old Ideas - Part 10
Breaking With Old Ideas - Part 11
Breaking With Old Ideas - Part 12
Breaking With Old Ideas - Part 13
Breaking With Old Ideas - Part 14
Breaking With Old Ideas - Part 15

For studying Marxist-Leninist theory, this would be a wonderful film to watch along with such readings as Mao Zedong's essays, "On Practice", "Reform Our Study", "Some Questions Concerning Methods of Leadership", and "On the Correct Handling of Contradictions Among the People".

There is a lot of stuff in this movie to talk about. This movie was made so as to make such things as the Marxist theory of knowledge, the Mass Line, the concept of "red and expert", the concept of two-line struggle and continuing the revolution under socialism accessable to the broad masses of the people taking part in the revolution. We see in this film how contradictions sharpen under the dictatorship of the proletariat, and how class struggle not only continues, but deepens, under socialism. Breaking With Old Ideas is a movie about teaching and it is a movie for teaching. It is a film that interestingly and boldly tries to demonstrate and explain a Maoist pedagogy, and it does this very much in the style of the late period of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (GPCR) when it was made. This film also shows a lot of the dynamic historical context that can sometimes be overlooked, giving one a small glimpse of what socialist construction can look like. It is also interesting to see the relationship between the Great Leap Forward (depicted in the film) and the GPCR during which the film was made.

A question that we should ask ourselves, and that we should keep in mind when watching this movie, would be what can we, as workers, as Communists, and as revolutionaries, learn from a film like this?

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8 Comments:

Blogger celticfire, in the spirit of unity-struggle-unity, said...

Thanks for the links! I was looking for that online...

1:22 AM  
Blogger haisanlu, in the spirit of unity-struggle-unity, said...

I AM ENJOYING WATCHING.IT IS NOT TO STYLISED AND VERY INSTRUCTIVE.

WELL DONE COMRADE ZERO

10:39 AM  
Blogger celticfire, in the spirit of unity-struggle-unity, said...

I just finished an interview with Roxanne-Dunbar-Ortiz. a veteran activist and scholar, the author of Blood on the Border: A Memoir of the Contra War, Outlaw Woman: A Memoir of the War Years, 1960-1975, and Red Dirt: Growing up Okie. She has played important roles in a number of movements and struggles around the world, including the women's liberation movement, the American Indian Movement (AIM), and has fought for self-determination among various people's around the world. Her writings have appeared in numerous human rights, international law, and history journals as well as such publications Monthly Review, and on the CounterPunch website.

Check it out:

http://celticfire.blogspot.com/2006/07/interview-with-roxanne-dunbar-ortiz-by.html

10:51 AM  
Blogger Comrade Zero, in the spirit of unity-struggle-unity, said...

You might also like to know that you can watch ALL of Eisenstein's great film, Battleship Potemkin, Here.

Ain't socialist realism just the best?

11:51 AM  
Blogger celticfire, in the spirit of unity-struggle-unity, said...

Wooohoo! Thanks for that link too zero! I just finished watching Breaking with Old Ideas that was really great.

5:34 AM  
Blogger haisanlu, in the spirit of unity-struggle-unity, said...

just watched the last few video posts it got even better.

Storming heaven was how Marx described the Paris commune.

Communist Labor College was doing the same thing but in a different way,

Any way of copying this film as I would love to keep it,

8:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous, in the spirit of unity-struggle-unity, said...

A link to a torrent comrades.

http://www.mininova.org/tor/372841

3:41 AM  
Blogger dialecticalmaterialism, in the spirit of unity-struggle-unity, said...

Wonderful cinematography.

1:01 AM  

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