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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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Propaganda now dates this movie., 21 November 2004
Author: dbdumonteil

The greatest silent movies are generally free of any propaganda.Such is not the case with "Odna" which was recently restored with a complete soundtrack .The last pictures are a paean to socialism which "everybody has got to build" in a country where we all stand together .And if the message is not clear enough the loudspeakers keep on repeating;"What did I do? (for my country ;JF Kennedy said the same by the way)What am I doing? What will I do?)" When the schoolteacher asks not to be sent to Siberia ,we never see the person she's speaking to.When she finally agrees to leave for this lost village ,we do not even see her kiss her fiancé good bye!The individual's sacrifice indeed!

The soundtrack is weird.Sometimes,the words are sung,which makes the movie look like a musicals,some lines are spoken,a curious hodgepodge. Besides a big part of the movie is lacking,probably lost forever ,and the scenes when the schoolteacher is lost in the cold are replaced by lines which tell the missing passage.

All in all,I think this movie is rather cold,in every sense of the world,in spite of a promising start.

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