The first in the ‘Maksim trilogy’ is a landmark of Soviet Socialist Realism directed by Grigori Kozintsev and Leonid Trauberg, who made some of the most original Soviet films of the 1920s.
A fantastical, visually inventive adaptation of two short stories by Nikolai Gogol, made by the FEKS (Faculty of the Eccentric Actor) Studio.
The second film in a trilogy about a young Bolshevik activist is set in 1914, on the eve of World War I.
New Babylon, the last silent film directed by Grigori Kozintsev and Leonid Trauberg, is a story of political compromise and personal pain during the Paris Commune of 1871.
The final part of the trilogy about the young Bolshevik activist Maxim sees him appointed Commissar of the National Bank following the Russian Revolution.