7.8/10
376
12 user 8 critic

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 »

Director:

Writer:

(based upon an article by) (as S. Tretlakov)
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Four geologists search for diamonds in the wilderness of Siberia.

Director: Mikhail Kalatozov
Stars: Tatyana Samoylova, Evgeniy Urbanskiy, Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy
I Am Cuba (1964)
Drama | Music | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Four vignettes about the lives of the Cuban people set during the pre-revolutionary era.

Director: Mikhail Kalatozov
Stars: Sergio Corrieri, Salvador Wood, José Gallardo
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Veronica plans a rendezvous with her lover, Boris, at the bank of river, only for him to be drafted into World War II shortly thereafter.

Director: Mikhail Kalatozov
Stars: Tatyana Samoylova, Aleksey Batalov, Vasiliy Merkurev
Earth (1930)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In the peaceful countryside, Vassily opposes the rich kulaks over the coming of collective farming.

Director: Aleksandr Dovzhenko
Stars: Stepan Shkurat, Semyon Svashenko, Yuliya Solntseva
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The film chronicles the adventures of an American, "Mr. West," and his faithful bodyguard and servant Jeddie, as they visit the land of the horrible, evil Bolsheviks. Through various ... See full summary »

Director: Lev Kuleshov
Stars: Porfiri Podobed, Boris Barnet, Aleksandra Khokhlova
Happiness (1935)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A hapless loser (with the surname of Loser) undergoes misadventures with avaracious clergy, a tired horse, and a walking granary (among other things) on his road to collectivized happiness.

Director: Aleksandr Medvedkin
Stars: Pyotr Zinovyev, Yelena Yegorova, Nikolay Cherkasov
The Doll (1919)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Because the Baron of Chanterelle wants to preserve his family line, he forces his timid nephew Lancelot to choose one of the village maidens to wed. Lancelot flees to a monastery to escape ... See full summary »

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Stars: Ossi Oswalda, Hermann Thimig, Victor Janson
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A film version of a well-known Georgian folk-tale. A young boy has to be immured into the walls of a fortress in order to stop it from crumbling to pieces.

Directors: Sergei Parajanov, Dodo Abashidze
Stars: Veriko Anjaparidze, Tamari Tsitsishvili, Dudukhana Tserodze
Old and New (1929)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

100.000.000 peasants - illiterate, poor, hungry. There comes a day when one woman decides that she can live old life no longer. Using ways of new Soviet state and industrial progress she changes life and labor of her village.

Directors: Grigori Aleksandrov, Sergei M. Eisenstein
Stars: Marfa Lapkina, M. Ivanin, Konstantin Vasilyev
Ashik Kerib (1988)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Wandering minstrel Ashik Kerib falls in love with a rich merchant's daughter, but is spurned by her father and forced to roam the world for a thousand and one nights - but not before he's ... See full summary »

Directors: Sergei Parajanov, Dodo Abashidze
Stars: Yuri Mgoyan, Sofiko Chiaureli, Ramaz Chkhikvadze
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In the beginning of the industrial revolution, the Paris Commune was established in 1871 against the rich and the powerful, and violently repressed by the army that remained faithful to a ... See full summary »

Directors: Grigori Kozintsev, Leonid Trauberg
Stars: David Gutman, Yelena Kuzmina, Andrei Kostrichkin
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A super-stylized, surreal biography of Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova, whose life is depicted through non-narrative amalgamations of poetic images.

Director: Sergei Parajanov
Stars: Sofiko Chiaureli, Melkon Alekyan, Vilen Galstyan
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

24 May 1930 (Soviet Union)  »

Also Known As:

Salt for Svanetia  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1997 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Connections

Featured in I am Cuba, the Siberian Mammoth (2005) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Pretty Propaganda
11 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a student of Russian history, it is hard for me to see 'Salt of Svanetia' as anything but a propaganda film. However, even as a propaganda film, there are incredible things that happen with this film. Kalatazov is a master of imagery. The scenes that overlook Svanetia are breathtaking, but equally interesting are the scenes that focus on the work of the villagers--especially when he focuses on the actual workers. The inter-titles give the film a storyline--this creates a new sort of life to the documentary. The storyline makes the film bearable for even one who is not a film specialist. Kalatazov has done an amazing job of making even propaganda pretty.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Where? Thomasj85
Discuss Salt for Svanetia (1930) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page