Earth (1930)
"Zemlya" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  17 October 1930 (USA)
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In the peaceful countryside, Vassily opposes the rich kulaks over the coming of collective farming.

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Complete credited cast:
Stepan Shkurat ...
Opanas (as S. Shkurat)
Semyon Svashenko ...
Vasili 'Basil' Opanas (as S. Svashenko)
Yuliya Solntseva ...
Vasili's Sister (as Yu. Solntseva)
Yelena Maksimova ...
Natalya - Vasili's Fiancee (as Ye. Maksimova)
Nikolai Nademsky ...
Semyon 'Simon' Opanas (as N. Nademsky)
Ivan Franko ...
Arkhip Whitehorse - Khoma's Father (as I. Franko)
Pyotr Masokha ...
Khoma 'Thomas' Whitehorse (as P. Masokha)
Vladimir Mikhaylov ...
Village Priest (as V. Mikhajlov)
Pavel Petrik ...
Young Party-Cell Leader (as P. Petrik)
P. Umanets ...
Chairman of the Village Farm Soviet
Ye. Bondina ...
Farm Girl
Luka Lyashenko ...
Young Kulak (as L. Lyashenko)


Dovzhenko's "film poem" style brings to life the collective experience of life for the Ukranian proles, examining natural cycles through his epic montage. He explores life, death, violence, sex, and other issues as they relate to the collective farms. An idealistic vision of the possibilities of Communism made just before Stalinism set in and the Kulack class was liquidated, "Earth" was viewed negatively by many Soviets because of its exploration of death and other dark issues that come with revolution. Written by Jeff Walker <>

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This film was voted one of the twelve greatest films of all time by a group of 117 film historians at the 1958 Brussels World Fair. See more »


Referenced in Manhattan (1979) See more »

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15 June 2008 | by (Berlin, GER) – See all my reviews

Dovzhenko was a 'modernist' who drew deepest inspiration from traditional arts. His ode to the beginning of the collectivization is actually an orgy of intoxicant images of bulging clouds, waving wheat fields, ripening fruits and pelting horses.

The arrival of a tractor is hailed by the farmers. They begin to believe that an improved life has started, but Kulaks murder the young leader of the village party committee. This only encourages the village inhabitants in their resoluteness. In a sublime finale sequence, Dovzhenko unites birth, death, harvest, technical progress and solidarity, when the dead are returned to Earth that he loved so much.

No abstract summary can do justice to the extraordinary sensualism of this remarkable film. Whoever searches for the roots of Andrei Tarkovsky's cinema has to start with "Zemlya".

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