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Salt for Svanetia (1930)

Jim Shvante (marili svanets) (original title)
Story of distant mountainous region in Georgia that depicts folklore, lifestyle and daily routines of Svani people, focuses on the scarcity of salt in Svaneti region. Rich with documentary ... See full summary »

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Story of distant mountainous region in Georgia that depicts folklore, lifestyle and daily routines of Svani people, focuses on the scarcity of salt in Svaneti region. Rich with documentary value, the movie also served for Soviet propaganda. Written by Daviti Zhorzholiani

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24 May 1930 (Soviet Union)  »

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The Ushguli villages, where the movie was shot, contain buildings that are part of the UNESCO Heritage site of Upper Svaneti. See more »

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Featured in Soy Cuba, O Mamute Siberiano (2005) See more »

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Outstanding Cinematography
9 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just happened to catch this on TCM and my jaw dropped. This movie was made

in 1929, folks... The imagery, the editing... both superb. This is one of the most visually inventive films I have ever seen, and any film buff or artist will, I think, agree with me wholeheartedly.

Prepare for some Soviet propagandist themes in this "documentary." I wasn't

sure that there weren't in fact a few professional actors in the cast -- there were some moments when the content came across as more drama than

documentary; several scenes felt staged. No matter, I was fascinated by the

people whose lives in the remote Svanetia village form the center of the story. And, it bears repeating, the cinematography is gorgeous, surprising at every

turn and just plain mesmerizing at times.

Definitely worth a look if you can find it.


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