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(aka "Old and New" or "Staroye i novoye" or "Generalnaya liniya" or "La ligné générale" )

 

directed by Sergei M. Eisenstein & Grigori Aleksandrov
Soviet Union 1929

 

This is the most neglected of Sergei Eisenstein's features, his last completed silent picture (1929), also known as The Old and the New. It's a bucolic epic about the Soviet struggle to collectivize agricultural production, and it's far from his least interesting or exciting film, though some critics have made it sound that way by noting that the most famous sequence involves a cream separator. For the record, it is a thrilling sequence--part of Kenneth Anger's Eaux d'artifice is modeled directly after it--but it's far from the only thing this rich, poetic, and sometimes quite funny film has to offer. Recommended.
 

Jonathan Rosenbaum in Chicago Reader

Theatrical Release: 7 October 1929 (Soviet Union)

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DVD Review: Films sans frontieres (Part of the Eisenstein l'intégrale Box) - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Mikkel Svendstrup of DVDsnak for the Review!

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Distribution

Films sans frontieres

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 2h00m48
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4,73 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio DD Mono
Subtitles French, English (removable)
Features Release Information:
Studio: Films sans frontieres

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• This disc also contains "The Battleship Potemkin".
• Biography
• Eisensteins notes
• "Le Journal de Gloumov" (5 min. short)

DVD Release Date: December 2002
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Chapters 8

 

 

 

 

Comments This disc is available either alone or as a part of the French Eisenstein 4-disc l’integrale box released by Films sans Frontieres. The box consists of 8 films; each DVD-9 disc contains two films.

Disc 1: Battleship Potemkin + The General Line.
Disc 2: October + Strike.
Disc 3: Alexander Nevsky + Que Viva Mexico!
Disc 4: Ivan the Terrible part I + part II.

The quality is great. Off course there is some damage, but I’ve never seen these films looking as good as this. And all the films have nice white removable English subtitles.

 - Mikkel Svendstrup

 

 





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