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Zvenigora (1928)

 -  Drama | Fantasy  -  13 April 1928 (Russia)
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Zvenigora stars Nikolai Nademsky (Earth), as the grandfather of Timoshka (Semyon Svashenko), whom he alerts to secret treasure buried in the mountains and the boy spends the rest of his ... See full synopsis »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Georgi Astafyev ...
Scythian leader (as G. Astafyev)
Nikolai Nademsky ...
Grandpa / General
Vladimir Uralsky ...
Peasant
Les Podorozhnij ...
Pavlo - second grandson
Semyon Svashenko ...
Timoshka - first grandson
I. Selyuk ...
Ataman
L. Barné ...
Monk
L. Parshina ...
Timoshka's wife
P. Sklyar Otawa ...
Okasana - Mountain Princess
A. Simonov ...
Cossack Officer
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Zvenigora stars Nikolai Nademsky (Earth), as the grandfather of Timoshka (Semyon Svashenko), whom he alerts to secret treasure buried in the mountains and the boy spends the rest of his life trying to find... See full synopsis »

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Astounding combination of Ukrainian folklore and future
3 November 2003 | by (Brighton, England) – See all my reviews

Zvenigora is, in terms of narrative and content, one of the most remarkable avant-garde films of an exuberantly experimental period. The film uses the central construct of a legend regarding treasure buried in Mount Zvenigora to build a montage of scenes praising Ukrainian industrialisation, attacking the European bourgeoisie, celebrating the beauty of the Ukrainian steppe and re-telling ancient myths.

The narrative is built upon Modernist lines, disregarding the traditional, novelistic storytelling techniques and instead using abrupt shifts in time and using the constructive devices of avant-garde poets such as Blok, Bely and Mayakovsky to create a picture of modern Ukraine that pushes in several directions at once.

There are some incredibly striking tableaux that require the viewers to create a structure for themselves (such as the Bolshevik soldier directing his own execution) although the climax does draw the preceding events together, combining the dialectical threads of modern industry and the old man's myth together in two exhilarating scenes.

The cinematography is fascinating - elements of the style of Eisenstein, Pudovkin, Protazanov and Kuleshov are recognisable, yet Zvenigora seems completely different to any of them. The juxtaposition of rapid montages, swift city tours and slow, poetic journeys around the countryside is powerful, and the mythical scenes, although winding, are beautifully realised with a dreamlike quality to them.

Zvenigora is not Dovzhenko's masterpiece, if only because his Earth (1930) is one of the greatest Russian films ever made. However, it is highly recommended, although if you are new to Russian film of the period it is probably not the best place to start.


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