The New Babylon (1929) Grigoriy Kozintsev, Leonid Trauberg

The New Babylon 1929 poster

In the beginning of the industrial revolution, the Paris Commune was established in 1871 against the rich and the powerful, and violently repressed by the army that remained faithful to a tamer form of Republicanism. How could the love story between a young sales girl and a soldier unable to decide if he was pro or against the radical fashion? Two short months were needed for the answer to be found – in blood and tears, and under rain that washes all past memories. Any day, a New Babylon shop will open with frilly things for the bourgeois girls. The washerwomen will be there to wash them.

October (Ten Days that Shook the World) (1927) Grigoriy Aleksandrov, Sergei Eisenstein

October Ten Days that Shook the World 1927 poster

In documentary style, events in Petrograd are re-enacted from the end of the monarchy in February of 1917 to the end of the provisional government and the decrees of peace and of land in November of that year. Lenin returns in April. In July, counter-revolutionaries put down a spontaneous revolt, and Lenin’s arrest is ordered. By late October, the Bolsheviks are ready to strike: ten days will shake the world. While the Mensheviks vacillate, an advance guard infiltrates the palace. Anatov-Oveyenko leads the attack and signs the proclamation dissolving the provisional government.

Battleship Potemkin (1925) Sergei Eisenstein

Battleship Potemkin 1925 poster

Based on the historical events the movie tells the story of a riot at the battleship Potemkin. What started as a protest strike when the crew was given rotten meat for dinner ended in a riot. The sailors raised the red flag and tried to ignite the revolution in their home port Odessa.

J’accuse! (1919) Abel Gance

JAccuse

The poet Jean is in love with François’s wife. The tension between the two men will be replaced by friendship when they go to the same front to fight. War will test their company.