Vyborgskaya Storona (1939)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Political Drama  |   Run Time - 92 min.  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

New Horizons was originally released as Vyborskaya Storona, which translates as The Vyborg Side. Codirected and cowritten by Gregory Kozintsev, the film is the final chapter in the director's "Maxim Trilogy". Like the earlier entries, New Horizons recreates the "awakening" of Soviet Russia under the banner of Marxism, as seen through the eyes of Everyman hero Maxim (Boris Chirkov). Comes the Revolution, and the previously impoverished Maxim is appointed a Commissar of the Treasury. He shares his good fortune with those who loyally fought beside him in the Dark Days, including his beloved Natasha (Vera Kibardina), who as chairman of the Vyborg Soviet District personalizes the vital role of women in the Brave New World of Communism. Further adding to the prestige of New Horizons is the heroic musical score by no less than Dmitri Shostakovich.



Communism, rags-to-riches