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In the beginning of the industrial revolution, the Paris Commune was established in 1871 against the rich and the powerful, and violently repressed by the army that remained faithful to a tamer form of Republicanism. How could the love story between a young sales girl and a soldier unable to decide if he was pro or against the radical fashion? Two short months were needed for the answer to be found - in blood and tears, and under rain that washes all past memories. Any day, a New Babylon shop will open with frilly things for the bourgeois girls. The washerwomen will be there to wash them. Written by
A few weeks before the premiere in March 1929, Soviet censors cut several scenes. This led to Shostakovich's score being dropped entirely, perhaps because it no longer matched the edited film, or because his music was considered too radical. See more »
Shown during the Wellington movie festival 2001 with the original music played by a synphonic orchestra. A rare opportunity and a good surprise.
One may argue that the movie is a dead piece of communist propaganda. Others may see it as a certain vision (Marxist indeed) of a historical event that still haunts French political life more than a century later.
In fact the movie could have been American, the distinction between good and evil is so clear and the treatment of a deep subject rather superficial.
The inspiration from Zola is evident in the course of the story as is the music by Shostakowich punctuated with themes borrowed from French revolutionary songs and Offenbach operas. They were then known to all good Soviet citizens... Only one song is apparently and surprisingly missing, The International.
Nevermind this mystery (I can't see here a mistake) the whole show is really entertaining.
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