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Salt for Svanetia (1930)

Jim Shvante (marili svanets) (original title)
Story of distant mountainous region in Georgia that depicts folklore, lifestyle and daily routines of Svani people, focuses on the scarcity of salt in Svaneti region. Rich with documentary ... See full summary »

Director:

Mikhail Kalatozov

Writer:

Sergey Tretyakov (based upon an article by) (as S. Tretlakov)
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Story of distant mountainous region in Georgia that depicts folklore, lifestyle and daily routines of Svani people, focuses on the scarcity of salt in Svaneti region. Rich with documentary value, the movie also served for Soviet propaganda. Written by Daviti Zhorzholiani

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Documentary

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Sign Languages

Release Date:

24 May 1930 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Salt for Svanetia See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Georgian-Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1997 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Although celebrated as one of the classic examples of silent Soviet documentary, it is, in actuality, a docudrama, filmed according to a script with staged scenes, while using non-professional actors. See more »

Alternate Versions

In 1997, Film Preservation Associates copyrighted a version with a rousing orchestral score by Zoran Borisavljevic and English subtitles by Alexander Litvak. It was produced for video by David Shepard and runs 54 minutes. See more »

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Featured in I am Cuba, the Siberian Mammoth (2004) See more »

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Pretty Propaganda
11 September 2015 | by adriennenoracarterSee all my reviews

As a student of Russian history, it is hard for me to see 'Salt of Svanetia' as anything but a propaganda film. However, even as a propaganda film, there are incredible things that happen with this film. Kalatazov is a master of imagery. The scenes that overlook Svanetia are breathtaking, but equally interesting are the scenes that focus on the work of the villagers--especially when he focuses on the actual workers. The inter-titles give the film a storyline--this creates a new sort of life to the documentary. The storyline makes the film bearable for even one who is not a film specialist. Kalatazov has done an amazing job of making even propaganda pretty.


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