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2010 | 2008

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Echo Park Film Center: Alexander Dovzhenko’s Earth

19 April 2010 6:00 AM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

April 22

8:00 p.m.

Echo Park Film Center

1200 N. Alvarado Street (@ Sunset Blvd)

Los Angeles, CA

Hosted by: Echo Park Film Center

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to watch a film called simply Earth. No, it’s not a documentary. It’s the classic Soviet silent film by Alexander Dovzhenko made in 1930 about peasants trying to set up a farming collective despite the objections of the rich and powerful farmers.

Although Dovzhenko doesn’t quite get the respect that his comrade-in-filmmaking-arms Sergei Eisenstein does, he was  nonetheless a significant figure in Russian revolutionary cinema. Earth is the third entry in his “Ukraine Trilogy” — after Zvenigora and Arsenal. You can read a nice appreciation on this typically overlooked pioneer in this piece written by Chris Fujiwara.

Below, I’ve embedded the first ten minutes of the film that I found on YouTube. The quality’s not that great, »

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Manual labour on film could really work

2 March 2010 4:33 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

I don't think I'm alone in agreeing with whoever said, "I love work. I could watch it all day"

After watching the almost pristine print of Fritz Lang's Metropolis (1926) at the Berlinale a few weeks ago, it occurred to me that the lion's share of the time spent by the vast majority of the population of the world is seldom portrayed on screen. Namely, manual labourers and their work.

Why this neglect? After all, the very first film shown commercially was Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory (1895). The simplistic answer is that most audiences demand escapism and that the depiction of work is as tedious as the act. But I don't think I'm alone in agreeing with whoever said, "I love work. I could watch it all day."

Metropolis is set in a futuristic city where the downtrodden factory workers, all dressed in black, walk gloomily in lines towards a »

- Ronald Bergan

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