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Road to Life (1931)

Putyovka v zhizn (original title)
Passed | | Drama | 1 June 1931 (Soviet Union)
Young hobos are brought to a new camp to become good Soviet citizens. This camp works without any guards, and it works well. But crooks kill one of the young people when they try to damage ... See full summary »

Director:

Nikolai Ekk

Writers:

Nikolai Ekk, Anton Makarenko (book) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Nikolay Batalov ... Nikolai Sergeiev
Yvan Kyrlya Yvan Kyrlya ... 'Dandy' Mustapha
Mikhail Dzhagofarov Mikhail Dzhagofarov ... Nikolai 'Kolka' Rebrov
Mikhail Zharov ... Tomka Zhigan
Aleksandr Novikov Aleksandr Novikov ... Vasha Busa, a Wild Boy
Mariya Andropova Mariya Andropova ... Maria Skriabina
Vladimir Vesnovsky Vladimir Vesnovsky ... Mr. Rebrov
Mariya Gonfa Mariya Gonfa ... Lelka, aka 'Merizhka'
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bozhak Besprizornykh Bozhak Besprizornykh
Tsifan Kyriya Tsifan Kyriya
Viktor Lazarev
Vladimir Uralskiy
Regina Yanushkevich Regina Yanushkevich ... Mrs. Rebrova
Rina Zelyonaya
Georgi Zhzhyonov
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Young hobos are brought to a new camp to become good Soviet citizens. This camp works without any guards, and it works well. But crooks kill one of the young people when they try to damage the newly build railroad to that camp. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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A Drama of Russia's "Wild Children" See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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First Soviet talking film. See more »

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Great Film
23 February 2004 | by switch2trinitySee all my reviews

I watched this movie for a film class in college. The Road to Life exemplifies Soviet propaganda. Promoting the "collective" experience which basically boiled down to child labor was an ingenious and effective method of encouraging young Soviets to join the cause. The performances were very moving, especially the character of Mustapha. I kept expecting him to turn out to be the bad guy and ruin the work of the others... yet another Hollywood cliche shot down by a foreign film. Thank goodness for film history classes or I would have never even heard of this gem of a movie.


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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian | Mari

Release Date:

1 June 1931 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Mezhrabpomfilm See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Tagephon)

Aspect Ratio:

1.16 : 1
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