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Staroye i Novoye
Also known as [Staroe i novoe], [The Old and the New], [General’naia liniia], [The General Line], [Old and New]
(1929) Soviet
B&W : Feature film
Directed by Sergei M. Eisenstein and Grigori Aleksandrov

Cast: Marfa Lapkina [Marfa], M. Ivanin [Marfa’s son], Vasili Buzenkov [the cooperative secretary], Chukamaryev [the Kulak], Nejnikov [l’institutuer Mitrochkine], G. Matvei [the priest], Kostya Vasilyev [the tractor driver], Mikhail Gomorov [peasant], Maksim Shtraukh [peasant]

Sovkino production. / Scenario by Sergei M. Eisenstein and Grigori Aleksandrov. Art direction by Vasili Kovrigin, Vasili Rakhals and A. Burov. Assistant directors, Mikhail Gomorov and Maksim Shtraukh. Cinematography by Eduard Tisse. / Released 7 October 1929. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / Working title: General’naia liniia (The General Line). Eisenstein began work on the film in 1926, then quit to make Oktiabr (1928). Work resumed on the film in 1928. Eisenstein’s last silent feature film. The film was released in Germany on 10 February 1930; the film was released in the USA on 2 May 1930. / Silent film.

Survival status: Print exists.

Current rights holder: (unknown)

Listing updated: 1 April 2009.

References: Bardèche-History pp. 175, 270, 280, 281-282; Bohn-Light pp. 147, 148; Cowie-Finnish p. 27; Dowd-Vidor p. 108; Limbacher-Feature p. 91; Youngblood-Soviet pp. 135, 204, 205, 206, 209, 318 : Website-IMDb.

Home video: DVD.

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