Working people put the factory owners of the world on notice when they rebelled in France following that country's defeat in the Franco-Prussian War in 1871. Together, they created something called The Paris Commune, a revolutionary government which held sway for 73 days until the French military could organize itself to put down the uprising. By that time, however, factory owners around the world realized that they had something to fear in their mistreatment of workers. This film explores the actions of a small group of these revolutionaries in the neighborhood of Montmartre, which was at that time a suburb of Paris. This same uprising figures in the story of Victor Hugo's perennial classic, Les Miserables.
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