In the beginning of the industrial revolution, the Paris Commune was established against the rich and the powerful. How could the love story unfold between a young sales girl and a soldier unable to decide if he was for or against the radicals?
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A film that takes literary stylistic devices & visually translates them: antanaclasis (clusters of key images rhythmically replayed in different, contrary ways; New Babylon is a general store, a place of corruption with everything on sale, the post-uprisal failure), polyptoton (variations on the ‘master’ theme), epistrophe ("That’s what the Commune promised!"), anaphora (cyclical calls to end shifting enemies'lives),
One of best silent films ever. Rarely seen. It "disappeared" and has resurfaced after Kozintsev died. My detailed review of the great film is at http://moviessansfrontiers.blogspot.in/2016/09/196-russian-director-duo-grigory.html