The New Babylon

The New Babylon ★★★

On the stylistic plane: terrific (though hysterical, as so many of these Soviet silents are). But then we come to the Achilles' heel of Soviet pics prior to the late '50s. The moustache-twirling rich villains. The tough, soulful, saintly workers. And that's terrifically dull. Style is no substitute for substance.