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1932 (USA) See more »
The story of a newly graduated Leningrad teacher, Yelena Kuzmina. She goes furniture shopping with her fiance... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Yelena Kuzmina ... Teacher Yelena Kuzmina
Pyotr Sobolevsky ... Kuzmina's Fiance

Sergey Gerasimov ... Local Council Chairman
Mariya Babanova ... Chairman's Wife
Liu-Sian Van ... Kulak
Yanina Zhejmo ... Young Teacher
Boris Chirkov ... Man Talking on the Phone

Directed by
Grigori Kozintsev 
Leonid Trauberg 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Grigori Kozintsev 
Leonid Trauberg 

Non-Original Music by
Dmitri Shostakovich (from "Opus 26") (as D.Shostakovich)
Cinematography by
Andrei Moskvin 
Art Direction by
Yevgeni Yenej  (as E. Eney)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sergey Gerasimov .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Lev Arnshtam .... sound director (as L. Arnshtam)
Ilya Volk .... sound operator (as I. Volk)
Music Department
Krzysztof Meyer .... music collaborator (reconstruction 2000-2003)
Nic Raine .... music collaborator (reconstruction 2000-2003)
Theodore van Houten .... music collaborator (reconstruction 2000-2003)
Mark van Tongeren .... music collaborator (reconstruction 2000-2003)

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Also Known As:
"Odna" - Soviet Union (original title)
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Germany:90 min (25 fps) (music restored version) (TV premiere) | Finland:82 min (1974) | 90 min (2003 restration) | 80 min (1966 restration)
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The first film to use the theremin (popularized in 1950s science fiction movies) in its score.See more »
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The Beauty of Terrible Politics, 21 February 2005
Author: bartman_9 from Belgium

Odna is a Soviet propaganda movie which inadvertently exposes the inhumanity of the system. Newly graduated teacher Yelena dreams of a life alongside her fiancé in Leningrad, but is assigned a teaching post in the remote Altai mountains of Russian Mongolia. She doesn't want to go, but is told that "teachers should be willing and able to contribute to the development of the socialist state, those who only seek personal happiness are enemies of Soviet power." (yes, that's a literal translation). So she goes away alone and her fiancé disappears from the movie like he disappears from her life.

In the Altai, she helps the natives, a barbaric, superstitious bunch of primitives, convert to the glories of Communism. In reality, the Mongolian nomads were forced at gunpoint into sedentary collective farms, many died during Stalin's purges and a great culture was all but destroyed.

The flip side to all this demagoguery is that, like many Russian films of that era, it is made with great artistry. It's a silent film with inventive editing, creative use of sound effects and a great score by Dmitri Shostakovich. You just wish all that talent was given a better cause.

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