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April 22

8:00 p.m.

Echo Park Film Center

1200 N. Alvarado Street (@ Sunset Blvd)

Los Angeles, CA

Hosted by: Echo Park Film Center

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to watch a film called simply Earth. No, it’s not a documentary. It’s the classic Soviet silent film by Alexander Dovzhenko made in 1930 about peasants trying to set up a farming collective despite the objections of the rich and powerful farmers.

Although Dovzhenko doesn’t quite get the respect that his comrade-in-filmmaking-arms Sergei Eisenstein does, he was  nonetheless a significant figure in Russian revolutionary cinema. Earth is the third entry in his “Ukraine Trilogy” — after Zvenigora and Arsenal. You can read a nice appreciation on this typically overlooked pioneer in this piece written by Chris Fujiwara.

Below, I’ve embedded the first ten minutes of the film that I found on YouTube. The quality’s not that great, »

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