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30 November 1929 (USA) See more »
In the beginning of the industrial revolution, the Paris Commune was established in 1871 against the rich and the powerful... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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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14 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Vive la Commune, 29 July 2001
Author: Eric Sayettat ( from ellington, New Zealand

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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