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  (in credits order)
David Gutman ... Owner of the 'New Babylon' shop

Yelena Kuzmina ... Louise Poirier, the shop-assistant
Andrei Kostrichkin ... The main shop-assistant
Sofiya Magarill ... An actress
Arnold Arnold ... Commune's Central Committee member (as A. Arnold)

Sergey Gerasimov ... Lutro, the journalist
Yevgeni Chervyakov ... National Guard's officer
Pyotr Sobolevsky ... Jean, the soldier
Yanina Zhejmo ... Therese, a seamstress
Oleg Zhakov ... National Guard's soldier

Vsevolod Pudovkin ... Police intendent

Lyudmila Semyonova ... Can-can dancer
A. Glushkova ... Washerwoman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emil Gal ... Bourgeois
S. Gusev ... Poirier, an old man
Tamara Makarova ... Can-can dancer
Aleksandr Orlov ... King Menelay in the play
Natalya Rashevskaya ... Washerwoman
Roman Rubinshtein ... Singer in the play (as R. Rubinshtein)
Anna Zarzhitskaya ... Young girl on the barricades
Boris Azarov ... National Guard's soldier (uncredited)

Directed by
Grigori Kozintsev 
Leonid Trauberg 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Grigori Kozintsev  writer
Leonid Trauberg  writer

Original Music by
Dmitri Shostakovich 
Cinematography by
Andrei Moskvin 
Art Direction by
Yevgeni Yenej 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sergei Bartenev .... assistant director
Sergey Gerasimov .... assistant director
Nadezhda Kosheverova .... assistant director
Sergei Shklyarevsky .... assistant director (as S. Shklyarevsky)
M. Yegorov .... assistant director
Music Department
Frank Strobel .... conductor
Frank Strobel .... music editor

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Also Known As:
"Novyy Vavilon" - Soviet Union (original title)
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120 min | 93 min (2004th restored Version) | West Germany:75 min (TV premiere) | Portugal:80 min (Cinemateca Portuguesa) | Portugal:102 min (18 fps) (cut)
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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 »
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Russia's final climax to the silent cinema, 27 March 1999
Author: Theodore J. van Houten from Netherlands

The New Babylon was recognized as a masterpiece as early as 1929. It was rediscovered at the 1958 Bruxelles Expo but properly presented with the original Shostakovich score only in the eighties. The original Shostakovich score (opus 18) had been synchronized with the film under the personal supervision of its director Leonid Trauberg (1901-1990) and - according to Trauberg - he had never 'seen' his film in that final state before 1981. A valuable estimation of the picture can be found in Jay Leyda's KINO. One should realize that there is only one definite version of the picture: the GOSFILOMOFOND print, running for about 90 minutes at variable speed. There is however an apocryphal print about, a clipping together of the original print and approximately another 33% of out-takes. German film historians are responsible for this horrible mutilation of the original. When this version was shown in Hamburg in 1983 a press bulletin explained that scenes had been added that were once removed by censorship. However, what had been added were only discarded scenes that had been cut because they were too dull; for instance actrice Kuzmina in front of a cupboard of hat boxes or actor Sobolevsky with his wounded arm in a sling as an unlikely cabaret artist in 1871 'Gay Paris'. Director Leonid Trauberg saw this `German' version with the extra footage "that I cut out myself" and has furiously tried to prohibit its screening. A lengthy statement about the original and apocryphal print of The New Babylon was sent to various cinema museums by Trauberg in October 1983. His statement is to be found in `Eisenstein was Great Eater' - In Memory of Leonid Trauberg / Graduate Press, Buren, Netherlands, pp. 107-109 (ISBN 90-72058-07-0). The New Babylon is one of the greatest masterpieces of the Russian cinema. However the German version with its complimentary footage is a disgrace for the profession of film restoration. In fact the best guideline to follow is the original score composed for the picture by Shostakovich in 1929. Its greatest advocate is maestro Mark Fitz-Gerald from Croydon, associated with the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra. If you have any doubts about music or print contact Theodore van Houten, POB 1, Haamstede, 4328 ZG-Netherlands.

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