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),
Réalisé en huit étonnants tableaux avec comme thème central et fédérateurs les événements de la Commune de Paris, un film inoubliable d'une grande beauté plastique et d'un enthousiasme continu qui ne répugne nullement à s'immerger dans le baroque et le grotesque, d'une générosité indéniable et nimbé d'un authentique esprit révolutionnaire. www.cinefiches.com
The most extravagant of the Soviet silents, it’s just sooo over the top, both in performances as well as cinematically. A dramatic viewing experience that is not for everyone, but I appreciate its tremendous energy and visual intensity. Vive la commune!
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