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Zemlya (1930)

Unrated | | Drama | 17 October 1930 (USA)
In the peaceful countryside, Vassily opposes the rich kulaks over the coming of collective farming.
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stepan Shkurat ... Opanas (as S. Shkurat)
Semyon Svashenko ... Vasili 'Basil' Opanas (as S. Svashenko)
Yuliya Solntseva ... Vasili's Sister (as Yu. Solntseva)
Yelena Maksimova ... Natalya - Vasili's Fiancee (as Ye. Maksimova)
Nikolai Nademsky ... Semyon 'Simon' Opanas (as N. Nademsky)
Ivan Franko ... Arkhip Whitehorse - Khoma's Father (as I. Franko)
Pyotr Masokha ... Khoma 'Thomas' Whitehorse (as P. Masokha)
Vladimir Mikhaylov ... Village Priest (as V. Mikhajlov)
Pavel Petrik ... Young Party-Cell Leader (as P. Petrik)
P. Umanets ... Chairman of the Village Farm Soviet
Ye. Bondina Ye. Bondina ... Farm Girl
Luka Lyashenko Luka Lyashenko ... Young Kulak (as L. Lyashenko)
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Storyline

Dovzhenko's "film poem" style brings to life the collective experience of life for the Ukranian proles, examining natural cycles through his epic montage. He explores life, death, violence, sex, and other issues as they relate to the collective farms. An idealistic vision of the possibilities of Communism made just before Stalinism set in and the Kulack class was liquidated, "Earth" was viewed negatively by many Soviets because of its exploration of death and other dark issues that come with revolution. Written by Jeff Walker <star5780@ix.netcom.com>

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Country:

Soviet Union

Release Date:

17 October 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Soil See more »

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Runtime:

| (1991 Kino video)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This film was voted one of the 12 greatest films of all time by a group of 117 film historians at the 1958 Brussels World Fair. See more »

Quotes

Opanas: As my Basil was killed for a new life, so I'm asking you to bury him in a new way.
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Alternate Versions

Mosfilm Studios restored this film in 1971 with a new score composed and conducted by V. Ovchinnikov. The Eastin-Phelan Corp. copyrighted that version in 1975, with an English translation of titles by Stephen P. Hill, and Kino International copyrighted and released that version on video in 1991. The video version runs 71 minutes plus about 2 minutes of explanatory remarks. See more »

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Referenced in Otaraant qvrivi (1958) See more »

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Earth, Full of Pretentious Communists
5 March 2004 | by oslojSee all my reviews

Although this was an early film, it is completely boring because of the proselytizing done by the supposed "communist state", which was in reality only an elitist central committee protected by the elements of the army and a secret police, much like America today. The premise is that the people who don't co-operate with the communal needs of the state, are "scum of the earth" or "crop fertilizer" and they are portrayed as being selfish and undesirable murderers in the film and thus have to be 'weeded out'. Its obvious that this is nothing but a ultra-realist piece of propaganda from Stalinist Russia, there's nothing to get excited over considering a small peasant village is getting a new tractor. Some interesting shots but over all, very boring and empty of any substance which keeps the viewer interested......For the agricultural student, its dated because the machinery used is now obsolete, some nice seeds/crops in the film though and shots of animal husbandry are included, especially a titillating scene where a peasant babushka milks a cow. Extras on the DVD's include 1930's constructivist milk ads from Russia and how to brush your teeth with toothpaste made from manure.


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