Mosco Boucault, a documentary experience

Mémoires d’ex : Du passé, faisons table rase

Mosco Boucault

1990France70 minColour


(1956-1990) Compared to Maurice Thorez or Waldek Rochet, the new secretary-general Georges Marchais is a “young proletarian Bel-Ami”. With his mentor, Jean Kanapa, graduate of the elite Ecole Normale Supérieure[GG1] , he is determined to put some life into the Party, modernise it. He goes after the media, the Union de la Gauche and breaks with the sacrosanct concept of the “dictatorship of the proletariat”. 


Mosco’s primary concern was to show and hear men (not women, other than those in the secondary roles of wives), who have given their youth, or at least the best part of their lives, to the party, to Communism, seen as the “finest ideal in the world’ and supported by a faith akin to that of the “first Christians”, in the words of André Pierrard. A communist leader of the French resistance in the Nord department, then member of the central committee, Pierrard sat as the French Communist Party (FCP) MP for the Nord before being sidelined...
The men speaking today are elderly, questioning their black-and-white spectre of yesteryear, the party members they once were, the “exes”, the fallen heroes they have become. An extraordinary microcosm that reflects the PCF with its cadres, its power struggles, its betrayals, its lies, its blind beliefs.
–Jean-Pierre Thibaudat (Libération)

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