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The New Babylon

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The New Babylon
Новый Вавилон
Nowy Wawilon
Russian Movie Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Grigori Kosinzew
Leonid Trauberg
Release Date March 18, 1929
Language Silent
Studio Sovkino
Main Cast
Character Actor
Louise Poirier Yelena Kuzmina
Jean, the soldier Pyotr Sobolevsky
Lutro, the journalist Sergey Gerasimov
Owner of the 'New Babylon' shop David Gutman
The main shop-assistant Andrei Kostrichkin
National Guard's soldier Oleg Zhakov

The New Babylon is a 1929 Soviet silent drama film written and directed by Grigori Kozintsev and Leonid Trauberg. The movie tells the story of the time of the Paris Commune in the spring of 1871 during the postwar turmoil of the Franco-Prussian War (1870/71). The New Babylon is the name of the large department store in Paris, where Louise is employed as a saleswoman. She is involved with the Commune, in which Jean, an unpolitical young man from the country, has to fight as a soldier in the army controlled by the French government. Both are in love with each other, even though they are on different sides. But their love finds no place in a time of political turmoil.

The following weapons were used in the film The New Babylon:


Smith & Wesson No. 3 Russian Model

French officers are armed with Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Models which stands in for the Lefaucheux Revolver or the Remington M1858 that were used by French forces during this time period.

Smith & Wesson No. 3 Russian Model - .44 Russian
A French officer (Yevgeny Chervyakov) fires his revolver.
Another Smith & Wesson revolver is seen lying on the desk.


Gras Model 1874

Some French soldiers including Jean (Pyotr Sobolevsky) use Gras Model 1874 rifles standing in for correct Chassepot 1866 rifles. The Gras is based on Chassepot and looks very similar. The difference is that the Gras fires metallic cartridges.

Fusil Gras Modèle 1874 - 11x59mm Gras
A dead Commune member lies next to his rifle.
A French soldier with his Gras slung over his back in the background behind an officer (Boris Feodosyev).
A Commune member holds his Gras equipped with a Yataghan sword bayonet.
Another view of the member's Gras.
Jean uses a Gras during hand to hand fight.
Louise with Jean's Gras on a Promotional Picture.

Mauser Gewehr 1898

The majority of French soldiers in the movie use anachronistic German Gewehr 98 rifles. These rifles were captured during the First World War from the German Empire which may be a reference for the Prussian help to crack down the Paris Commune.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
French soldiers aim their Gewehrs at the barricade.
A soldier fires the rifle.
Another one takes aim while he is on retreat.
The firing squad take aim on captured Commune fighters.

Kropatschek Model 1884

Parisian Commune members, Jean and the National Guard's soldier (Oleg Zhakov) also use French Kropatschek 1884 rifles which were not developed until about 10 years later.

Fusil Kropatschek d'Infanterie Modèle 1884 - 11x59mm Gras
Jean holds the Kropatschek while he struggles with Louise.
He calmed down Louise and looks at his officer which offers a good view of the receiver, straight bolt handle, and the trigger.
A Commune member inserts a round into his Kropatschek.
Jean fires the Kropatschek.
An old Commune fighter gets shot while holding his rifle.
Poirier (S. Gusev) aims his rifle at government soldiers.
Lutro (Sergey Gerasimov) lowered his Kropatschek after the fight.

Berdan No. 2

The Berdan No. 2 Infantry rifle is also used by some revolutionaries.

Berdan No. 2 (M1870) Infantry rifle - 10.75x58mmR
The old fighter aims his Berdan. A few scenes before he used a Kropatschek rifle.



French soldiers prepare a cannon.

42-line fortress and siege gun M1877

M1877 in Hämeenlinna Artillery Museum.
Three M1877 guns ready to fire at Paris.

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