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Old and New (1929)

Staroye i novoye (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 2 May 1930 (USA)
100.000.000 peasants - illiterate, poor, hungry. There comes a day when one woman decides that she can live old life no longer. Using ways of new Soviet state and industrial progress she changes life and labor of her village.
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Credited cast:
Marfa Lapkina Marfa Lapkina ... Marfa
M. Ivanin M. Ivanin ... Marfa's son
Konstantin Vasilyev Konstantin Vasilyev ... Tractor Driver
Vasili Buzenkov Vasili Buzenkov ... Secretary of the milk cooperative
Nejnikov Nejnikov ... Miroshkin - Schoolmaster
Chukamaryev Chukamaryev ... The butcher
Ivan Yudin ... Komsomolets
E. Suhareva E. Suhareva ... Witch
G. Matvei G. Matvei ... Priest
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Efimkin Efimkin ... Peasant
Vyacheslav Gomolyaka Vyacheslav Gomolyaka
Mikhail Gomorov Mikhail Gomorov ... Peasant
Hurtin Hurtin ... Peasant
M. Palej M. Palej ... Peasant
Maksim Shtraukh Maksim Shtraukh ... Peasant
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100.000.000 peasants - illiterate, poor, hungry. There comes a day when one woman decides that she can live old life no longer. Using ways of new Soviet state and industrial progress she changes life and labor of her village.

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The last film of Eisenstein from his first revolutionary period
1 August 2020 | by frankde-jongSee all my reviews

"Old and new' (1929) is the last film of Eisenstein from his first revolutionary period. After "Old and new" his nex Soviet film (after an Mexican interlude) is the historical "Alexander Nevski" (1938). Apparently Stalin was of the opinion that "Old and new" was too artistic and not propagandistic enough.

The film is about a young peasant woman (Marfa played by Marfa Lapkina) striving for collectivization of farming in her village. In so doing she is confronted with resistance of the older farmers.

The film shows us the introduction of tractors and an electronic milking device (new) but also the rituals surronding the visit of the breeding bull to the village (old). The old ritual is not portayed in a disapproving fashion. Maybe this inconsistency in the message of the film annoyed Stalin.

Stylistically the film is distinguished by the use of extreme close ups of mostly old and characteristic faces. In this respect it resembles a film like "La passion de Jeanne d'Arc" (1928, Carl Theodor Dreyer).

What always amazes me is the fact that with respect to Stalinistic propaganda we (including me) are able and willing to seperate the artistic and propagandistic elements in a way that we won't do with respect to Nazi propaganda. I watched a film like "Old and new"although I know that the mandatory collectivizations under Stalin produced innumerable victims. On the other hand I would never watch a film like "Triumph des willens" (1935, Leni Riefenstahl).


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Country:

Soviet Union

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2 May 1930 (USA) See more »

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Sovkino See more »
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Runtime:

| (ZDF/arte 1998 reconstruction)

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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