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 ...
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100.000.000 peasants - illiterate, poor, hungry. There comes a day when one woman decides that she can live old life no longer. Using ways of new Soviet state and industrial progress she changes life and labor of her village.
Sergei M. Eisenstein
The last collaboration of Artavazd Peleshian and cinematographer Mikhail Vartanov is a film-essay about Armenia's shepherds, about the contradiction and the harmony between man and nature, scored to Vivaldi's Four Seasons.
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
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 »
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 »
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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