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The New Babylon (1929)

Novyy Vavilon (original title)
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 ... See full summary »
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Cast

Credited cast:
David Gutman David Gutman ... Owner of the 'New Babylon' shop
Yelena Kuzmina ... Louise Poirier, the shop-assistant
Andrei Kostrichkin Andrei Kostrichkin ... The main shop-assistant
Sofiya Magarill ... An actress
Arnold Arnold Arnold Arnold ... Commune's Central Committee member (as A. Arnold)
Sergey Gerasimov ... Lutro, the journalist
Yevgeni Chervyakov Yevgeni Chervyakov ... National Guard's officer
Pyotr Sobolevsky ... Jean, the soldier
Yanina Zheymo ... Therese, a seamstress
Oleg Zhakov ... National Guard's soldier
Vsevolod Pudovkin ... Police intendent
Lyudmila Semyonova ... Can-can dancer
A. Glushkova A. Glushkova ... Washerwoman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emil Gal Emil Gal ... Bourgeois
S. Gusev S. Gusev ... Poirier, an old man
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Storyline

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 Artemis-9

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Drama | History

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

30 November 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shturm neba See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sovkino See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (2004th restored Version) | (TV premiere) | (Cinemateca Portuguesa) | (cut)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Composer Dmitri Shostakovich wrote his first film score for this silent movie. He hurriedly wrote about 90 minutes of music. See more »

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Featured in Histoire(s) du cinéma: Toutes les histoires (1989) See more »

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Russia's final climax to the silent cinema
27 March 1999 | by tiedelSee all my reviews

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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