The New Babylon (1929), a film about The Paris Commune (1871)

nvposterlc7THE NEW BABYLON (NOVYY VAVILON)
1929, USSR, 93 min
Director: Grigori Kozintsev; Leonid Trauberg.

“The film The New Babylon (Novyy Vavilon) was directed by Kozintsev and Trauberg in 1929. It is a sympathetic account of the history of the Paris Commune of 1871 and tells the story of two lovers who are separated by the fighting. The film was ultimately suppressed by the Bolsheviks for its anti-war message. It also contained a lot of formal innovations and the musical score for the film was written by the young Dimitri Shostakovitch. Guy Debord used extracts from the film in his own The Society of the Spectacle in 1973.” – Libcom.org


Subtitles in English, French or German  [IMDB]

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