7.1/10
474
5 user 8 critic

Enthusiasm (1931)

Entuziazm (Simfoniya Donbassa) (original title)
How the miners of the Don coal basin (one of the industrial regions of Ukraine) were striving to fulfill in four years their part of the Five Year Plan.

Director:

Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Kino Eye (1924)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

This documentary promoting the joys of life in a Soviet village centers around the activities of the Young Pioneers. These children are constantly busy, pasting propaganda posters on walls,... See full summary »

Director: Dziga Vertov
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Three anonymous songs about Lenin provide the basis for this documentary that celebrates the achievements of the Soviet Union and Lenin's role in creating them.

Director: Dziga Vertov
Stars: Dolores Ibárruri, Nadezhda Krupskaya, V.I. Lenin
Documentary | Short | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Dziga Vertov
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

"Sixth Part of the World" was the size of Soviet Union of the time. Many peoples of many customs composed it. Ice and desert, forest and ocean. Bread, furs, machines. All and every is a part of great unity.

Director: Dziga Vertov
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention.

Director: Dziga Vertov
Stars: Mikhail Kaufman
Mother (1926)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The Film Version Of Gorki's Great Story Of The 1905 Revolution

Director: Vsevolod Pudovkin
Stars: Vera Baranovskaya, Nikolai Batalov, Aleksandr Chistyakov
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

This documentary film is showing the hard labor of countrymen in industrial production to strengthen the U.S.S.R. economy and turning their country into a world power.

Director: Dziga Vertov
Taris (1931)
Documentary | Short | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Jean Vigo films the talents of great swimming champion Jean Taris performing different acts. Vigo film technique allied with Taris swimming style are intertwined with grace and effect.

Director: Jean Vigo
Stars: Jean Taris
Zemlya (1930)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 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
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
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In 1918 a simple Mongolian herdsman escapes to the hills after brawling with a western capitalist fur trader who cheats him. In 1920 he helps the partisans fight for the Soviets against the... See full summary »

Director: Vsevolod Pudovkin
Stars: I. Inkizhinov, I. Dedintsev, Valéry Inkijinoff
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A peasant comes to St. Petersburg to find work. He unwittingly helps in the arrest of an old village friend who is now a labor leader. The unemployed peasant is also arrested and sent to ... See full summary »

Directors: Vsevolod Pudovkin, Mikhail Doller
Stars: Aleksandr Chistyakov, Vera Baranovskaya, Ivan Chuvelyov
Edit

Storyline

How the miners of the Don coal basin (one of the industrial regions of Ukraine) were striving to fulfill in four years their part of the Five Year Plan.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Edit

Details

Country:

Release Date:

2 April 1931 (Soviet Union)  »

Also Known As:

Enthusiasm  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in Sosialismi (2014) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A tribute with no coherent story.
3 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first sound film of Dziga Vertov, this is a tribute to the first Soviet 5 year plan, opening with the forcible transformation of churches to social and political clubs, filming work in the coal mines of the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine, capturing the sights and sounds of steel and locomotive works, and finishing with some scenes of harvests in the Ukraine countryside. Most of the focus is on work and the potential glories of the new Soviet citizens who promise to exceed the quotas of the five year plan. This is a marvel mostly because of Vertov's mastery of the early sound technology which required cameras that weighed over a ton. With speeches and inter-titles shifting between Ukrainian and Russian, there is no narrative, no actors, no script and only some visual references to Eisenstein's fictional works. It is easy to see why this film was more praised outside of the Soviet Union than inside and why so few of the workers filmed had any interest in watching it.


5 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Enthusiasm (1931) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page