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Zemlya ()


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In the peaceful countryside, Vassily opposes the rich kulaks over the coming of collective farming.

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Opanas (as S. Shkurat)
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Vasyl - son of Opanas (as S. Svashenko)
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Daughter of Opanas (as Yu. Solntseva)
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Natalya - Vasyl's fiancee (as Ye. Maksimova)
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Ded Semyon (as N. Nademsky)
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Kulak Belokon (as I. Franko)
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Khoma - son of kulak Belokon (as P. Masokha)
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Priest (as V. Mikhaylov)
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Young Party-Cell Leader (as P. Petrik)
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Chairman of the Village Soviet (as Umanets)
Ye. Bondina ...
Farm Girl
Luka Lyashenko ...
Young Kulak (as L. Lyashenko)
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Old Peter (uncredited)
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Farm Girl (uncredited)

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Aleksandr Dovzhenko

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Aleksandr Dovzhenko ... (written by)

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Lev Revutsky ... (as L. Revutsky)

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Daniil Demutsky

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Aleksandr Dovzhenko ... (uncredited)

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Vasyl Vasylovych Krychevsky ... (as V.V. Krychevsky)

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Lazar Bodik ... assistant director (as L. Bodik)
Yuliya Solntseva ... assistant director (as Yu. Solntseva)
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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

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Also Known As
  • Земля (Soviet Union, Ukrainian title)
  • Земля (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Earth (World-wide, English title)
  • Soil (World-wide, English title)
  • La terre (France)
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  • 75 min
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Trivia Soviet censors made Aleksandr Dovzhenko eliminate a number of scenes from the film, including the scene of peasants urinating into a tractor radiator, and the scene of nude woman mourning over her dead fiance. The original uncut version was screened in Ukrainian republic when first released, and then in the Museum of Modern Art (New York City, USA) about 40 years later, on 10 October 1969. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Seul le cinéma (1994). 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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