The New Babylon

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The New Babylon
Directed byGrigori Kozintsev
Leonid Trauberg
Written byGrigori Kozintsev
Leonid Trauberg
P. Bliakin (idea)
StarringYelena Alexandrovna Kuzmina
Pyotr Sobolevsky
Sergei Gerasimov
Vsevolod Pudovkin
Music byDmitri Shostakovich
CinematographyAndrei Moskvin
Yevgeny Mikhailov
StudioSovkino
Release dates18 March 1929
Running timeGerman Export Edit: 125 min.[1] (ca. 2,900 m)
Gosfilmofond version: 93 min.[1] (ca. 2,170 m)
European Export Edit: 84 min.[1] (ca. 1,900 m)[2]
CountrySoviet Union
LanguageRussian
 
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The New Babylon
Directed byGrigori Kozintsev
Leonid Trauberg
Written byGrigori Kozintsev
Leonid Trauberg
P. Bliakin (idea)
StarringYelena Alexandrovna Kuzmina
Pyotr Sobolevsky
Sergei Gerasimov
Vsevolod Pudovkin
Music byDmitri Shostakovich
CinematographyAndrei Moskvin
Yevgeny Mikhailov
StudioSovkino
Release dates18 March 1929
Running timeGerman Export Edit: 125 min.[1] (ca. 2,900 m)
Gosfilmofond version: 93 min.[1] (ca. 2,170 m)
European Export Edit: 84 min.[1] (ca. 1,900 m)[2]
CountrySoviet Union
LanguageRussian

The New Babylon (Russian: Новый Вавилон; translit. Novyy Vavilon; alt. title: Штурм неба; translit. Shturm neba) is a 1929 silent film written and directed by Grigori Kozintsev and Leonid Trauberg. The film deals with the 1871 Paris Commune and the events leading to it, and follows the encounter and tragic fate of two lovers separated by the barricades of the Commune.

Composer Dmitri Shostakovich wrote his first film score for this movie. In the fifth reel of the score he quotes the revolutionary anthem, "La Marseillaise" (representing the Commune), juxtaposed contrapuntally with the famous "Can-can" from Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld.[3]

Footage from The New Babylon was included in Guy Debord's feature film The Society of the Spectacle (1973).

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  1. ^ a b c At 20 frames per second.
  2. ^ "Im Räderwerk der Filmzensur" (in German). arte. 2006-10-25. Retrieved 2009-04-02. 
  3. ^ Described and played on BBC Radio 3's CD Review program (14 January 2012)

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