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    Old and New
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    Late Spring
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    The Phantom Father
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    My Destiny
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    The Bed
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    Our Quarantine
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    Early Summer
  • 21:00
    Of Snails and Men
    Festival Favorites
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    The Swindle
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    A Children's Story
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    Somewhere in Palilula

Old and New

year: 1928
director: Sergei Eisenstein
cast: Maria Lapkina, Kostia Vassiliev, M. Ivanine

The General Line was begun in 1927 as a celebration of the collectivization of agriculture, as championed by old-line Bolshevik Leon Trotsky. Hoping to reach a wide audience, the director forsook his usual practice of emphasizing groups by concentrating on a single rural heroine. Eisenstein briefly abandoned this project to film October: Ten Days That Shook the World, in honour of the 10th anniversary of the Revolution. By the time he was able to return to this film, the Party's attitudes had changed and Trotsky had fallen from grace. As a result, the film was hastily re-edited and sent out in 1929 under a new title, The Old and the New. In later years, archivists restored The General Line to an approximation of Eisenstein's original concept. Much of the director's montage-like imageryŃsuch as using simple props to trace the progress from the agrarian customs of the 19th-century to the more mechanized procedures of the 20thŃwas common to both versions of the film.