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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
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 silent 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, 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. Maybe the Russian Model stands for the Lefaucheux Revolver or the Remington M1858 that are used by French forces during this time period.

Smith & Wesson No. 3 Russian Model - .44 Russian
French officer (Yevgeny Chervyakov) fires his revolver.
The revolver 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 with the rifle.
A French soldier in the background with his Gras over his back.
A Commune member holds his Gras 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 captured during the First World War from the German Empire which is maybe 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 takes aim while he is on retreat.
The firing squad take aim on Commune members.

Kropatschek 1884

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

Portuguese Kropatschek Model 1886 - 8×60mmR
Jean holds the Kropatschek while he struggles with Louise.
He then holds the rifle giving a good view of the receiver.
A Commune member loads a round.
Jean fires the Kropatschek.
The old member gets shot.
Another old member aims his rifle at French soldiers.
Lutro (Sergey Gerasimov) holds the rifle after the fight.

Berdan No. 2

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

Berdan No. 2 (M1870) Infantry rifle - 10.75x58mm R
The old member 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 ready to fire at Paris.

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