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Mother (1926)

Mat (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 29 May 1934 (USA)
A story about a family torn apart by a worker's strike. At first, the mother wants to protect her family from the troublemakers, but eventually she realizes that her son is right and the workers should strike.

Director:

Vsevolod Pudovkin

Writers:

Maxim Gorky (novel), Nathan Zarkhi
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vera Baranovskaya ... Niovna-Vlasova, the Mother
Nikolay Batalov ... Pavel Vlasov - the Son
Aleksandr Chistyakov ... Vlasov - the Father
Anna Zemtsova Anna Zemtsova ... Anna - a Revolutionary Girl
Ivan Koval-Samborsky ... Vessovchtchnikov - Pavel's Friend
N. Vidonov N. Vidonov ... Misha - a Worker
Aleksandr Savitsky Aleksandr Savitsky ... Isaik Gorbov - the Foreman
Vsevolod Pudovkin ... Police Officer
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Storyline

Russian director Vsevolod I. Pudovkin's "Mother" is the chronicle of an individual's transformation from political naivete to Marxist awareness set during the 1905 Russian Revolution. Pudovkin uses innovative montage techniques and camera angles to tell this bold story of national unrest through the eyes of a working class woman. Written by Anonymous

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The Film Version Of Gorki's Great Story Of The 1905 Revolution

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

First feature film directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin. See more »

Alternate Versions

In 1968, the film was restored, and a musical score added by Tikhon Khrennikov, emphasizing the film's revolutionary message. See more »

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Version of Mat (1920) See more »

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It's basically propaganda, but I'm sure that it's all true.
5 February 2006 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Released right after "Battleship Potemkin", "Mother" shows a woman forced to choose between siding with her labor-organizing son or her corrupt husband. The movie makes double sure that we get to see the living conditions in Russia in 1905, but it also uses ice as a metaphor. There are a few scenes where we see ice breaking up on the ocean; it basically shows that the old order is slowly but surely coming apart. I have to admit that this is the only Vsevolod Pudovkin movie that I've ever seen, but it's certainly a good one, if only as a historical reference. A noticeable difference between Eisenstein and Pudovkin was that Eisenstein was into typage (meaning that he liked to choose any random person who looked right for the role), while Pudovkin was very fixated on whom he wanted.


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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

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Release Date:

29 May 1934 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Mezhrabpom-Rus See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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