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2 May 1930 (USA) See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Marfa Lapkina ... Marfa
M. Ivanin ... Marfa's son
Konstantin Vasilyev ... Tractor Driver
Vasili Buzenkov ... Secretary of the milk cooperative
Nejnikov ... Miroshkin - Schoolmaster
Chukamaryev ... The butcher
Ivan Yudin ... Komsomolets
E. Suhareva ... Witch
G. Matvei ... Priest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Efimkin ... Peasant
Vyacheslav Gomolyaka
Mikhail Gomorov ... Peasant
Hurtin ... Peasant
M. Palej ... Peasant
Maksim Shtraukh ... Peasant

Directed by
Grigoriy Aleksandrov 
Sergei M. Eisenstein 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Grigoriy Aleksandrov  writer
Sergei M. Eisenstein  writer

Original Music by
Taras Buyevsky (1997) (as Taras Bujewski)
Robert Israel (2011)
Cinematography by
Eduard Tisse 
Art Direction by
A. Burov 
Vasili Kovrigin 
Vasiliy Rakhals 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mikhail Gomorov .... assistant director
Maksim Shtraukh .... assistant director
Camera and Electrical Department
Vladimir Nilsen .... assistant camera
Vladimir Popov .... assistant camera
Georgi Gevorkov .... assistant to cinematographer (uncredited)
Music Department
Frank Strobel .... conductor (1997)

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Also Known As:
"Staroye i novoye" - Soviet Union (original title)
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121 min | Germany:131 min (ZDF/arte 1998 reconstruction)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Edited into Sauve la vie (qui peut) (1981)See more »


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19 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Very informative and historically important!, 7 December 2001
Author: Blake (creed_rocks) from B.C., Canada

I took out this movie from the College library to help write a research paper on collectivization in Stalins Russia. It was actually quite good in that it depicted the hardships of peasants in that era. It is also a good representation of the propaganda that Stalin used in order to trick the peasants into becoming collectivized. I think it is a good film for anyone to view and it's especially beneficial for those trying to get an understanding of historical Russia and peasant life. Beware though, don't be tricked by what you see! Collectivization was not such a positive thing, many people were killed during the processes of dekulakization and others were faced with economic hardships due to shortages and quotas. Overall it is a good propaganda film and is historically significant!

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