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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)
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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 <star5780@ix.netcom.com>

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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 »

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A miracle of a film
29 June 2012 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

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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