Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  6 minutes
Date:  1978
Genre:  Animation
Language:  English
Grade level: 9-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Interactive transcript available
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Marx for Beginners

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Hilarious 7 minute animated introduction to Karl Marx's worldview.

Marx for Beginners

How many people have actually read the work of Karl Marx? Based on the book by the Mexican cartoonist Rius, MARX FOR BEGINNERS is a hilarious animated film that highlights Marx's most influential ideas, and places them into the context of western civilization by introducing Pythagoras, Plato, Aristotle, da Vinci, Copernicus, Galileo, and Descartes. All in seven minutes!

High school and college audiences will find the film an amusing introduction and discussion starter on Marx's work, while non-academic audiences of all ages will be entertained by the lively and irreverent treatment of one of the world's most important thinkers.

'This stylistically animated condensation of rambunctious and irreverent quotation and paraphrasing of important historical thinkers [is] stimulating and amusing... An engaging treat!'-Booklist

'Enjoyable. Excellent script and treatment, good satire.'-EFLA Evaluations


** Blue Ribbon Winner, 1983 American Film Festival

Questions or issues with the Marx for Beginners iPhone app? Contact app support at Icarus Films .


Main credits

Godfrey, Bob (Director)
Godfrey, Bob (Animator)
Attew, Kevin (Animator)
Morton, Clive (Animator)
Parker-Rhodes, Marcus (Animator)
Hawksworth, Johnny (mus)

Other credits

Made by Kevin Attew, Clive Morton, Bob Godfrey, Marcus Parker-Rhodes, et al.; music, Johnny Hawksworth.

Distributor credits

A Film by Bob Godfrey
Produced by Cucumber Studios

Docuseek2 subjects

Marxism and Communism
Philosophy, Critical Thinking and Ethics
World History
Marxist Economics

Distributor subjects

Animated Films
History (World)


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