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 »
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 »
In documentary style, events in Petrograd are re-enacted from the end of the monarchy in February of 1917 to the end of the provisional government and the decrees of peace and of land in ... See full summary »
Sergei M. Eisenstein
One of the greatest masterpieces of the 20th century, Sergei Parajanov's "Color of the Pomegranate," a biography of the Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova (King of Song) reveals the poet's life... See full summary »
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
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Soviet censors made Aleksandr Dovzhenko eliminate a number of scenes from the film, including a shot of peasants urinating in a tractor radiator and a scene where a dead man's fiancée mourns him in the nude. See more »
This is the first ,and possibly the best, poetic film in the history of cinema.This is where everything started from.Tarkovsky,Paradjanov ...nothing would have been the same without Dozhenko and "Earth".The seed of a whole way of perception of life and universe seems to have been planted here.It is also the seed of maybe the best method of expression in cinematic form along with Bresson's first period (1950-59).A masterpiece so rare and solid,which goes straight to the point and shows the filmmaker's philosophy from the first until the last shot.A true monument of art with a transcendent power that scarcely can be achieved,"Earth" could have been the first or the last film ever on our planet.And this proves the unprecedented perfection and originality of it.
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