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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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Genres:

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 »

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Production Co:

Georgian-Film See more »
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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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Outstanding Cinematography
9 October 2004 | by bucky_bleichert_livesSee all my reviews

Just happened to catch this on TCM and my jaw dropped. This movie was made

in 1929, folks... The imagery, the editing... both superb. This is one of the most visually inventive films I have ever seen, and any film buff or artist will, I think, agree with me wholeheartedly.

Prepare for some Soviet propagandist themes in this "documentary." I wasn't

sure that there weren't in fact a few professional actors in the cast -- there were some moments when the content came across as more drama than

documentary; several scenes felt staged. No matter, I was fascinated by the

people whose lives in the remote Svanetia village form the center of the story. And, it bears repeating, the cinematography is gorgeous, surprising at every

turn and just plain mesmerizing at times.

Definitely worth a look if you can find it.


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