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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Vera Baranovskaya ... Niovna-Vlasova, the Mother

Nikolay Batalov ... Pavel Vlasov - the Son

Aleksandr Chistyakov ... Vlasov - the Father
Anna Zemtsova ... Anna - a Revolutionary Girl
Ivan Koval-Samborsky ... Vessovchtchnikov - Pavel's Friend
N. Vidonov ... Misha - a Worker
Aleksandr Savitsky ... Isaik Gorbov - the Foreman

Vsevolod Pudovkin ... Police Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ivan Bobrov ... Young Prisoner (uncredited)
Aleksandr Gromov ... Revolutionary (uncredited)
Fyodor Ivanov ... Prison Warden (uncredited)
Vyacheslav Novikov ... Worker (uncredited)
Vladimir Uralskiy ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Vsevolod Pudovkin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Maxim Gorky  novel
Nathan Zarkhi 

Original Music by
David Blok (1935) (as S. Blok)
Tikhon Khrennikov (1970)
Cinematography by
Anatoli Golovnya 
Art Direction by
Sergei Kozlovsky 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mikhail Doller .... assistant director
V. Strauss .... assistant director
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Mat" - Soviet Union (original title)
"Mother, 1905" - USA
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89 min (24 fps)
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First feature film directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin.See more »
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Referenced in Historia del cine: Epoca muda (1983) (V)See more »


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Historically relevant, technically innovative, yet slightly overrated, 12 October 2016
Author: De_Sam from Belgium

Максим Горький (Maxim Gorky), the novel author, has a direct link with the origin of cinema, as he was one of the first to write about it; on the 22th of June in 1896 Gorky witnessed one of the earliest film productions of the Lumière brothers, an experience that would be the basis for 'in the realm of shadows'.

Gorky was impressed by film's potential to be an universal language, the ability which Мать (Mother) illustrates by adapting his written work to the screen so even the illiterate Russian people could understand his story.

Всеволод Пудовкин (Vsevolod Pudovkin)'s style is more akin to the social realism (although this is influenced by the fact that the novel can be categorised as social realism) that Stalin would prefer, in contrast to the more abstract and jarring montage of Сергей Эйзенштейн (Sergei Eisenstein).

A particular form of montage that he used in this film is worth mentioning, namely the fragmentation of action. Pudovkin 'cuts' the action into several different shots that only show a part or fragment of the action, when assembled in a montage the viewer's mind fills in the blanks (cf. Gestalt psychology) to create the illusion of a complete action. The most known example of this technique in Film is probably the shower scene from Psycho. This in itself proves the impact the Russian film school has had on film practices in general.

To conclude, Мать (Mother) is historically important and on some parts technologically innovative. However, if it seen on itself and in comparison to other works of the time, for me it does not hold up as well as most film theorists and critics would have you believe.

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