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Bezhin lug (1937)

A Soviet farmer's son, who is working at a Kolchos is killed by his father, who wants to burn the fields of the Kolchos to damage the Soviet Society.




Credited cast:
Viktor Kartashov ... Stepok (as Vitya Kartashov)
Nikolay Khmelyov ... Peasant
Boris Zakhava ... Stepka's father - first film version
Yekaterina Teleshova Yekaterina Teleshova ... Kolkhoz Chairman
Pyotr Arzhanov ... Political Commissar (as Pavel Ardzhanov)
Nikolai Maslov Nikolai Maslov ... Arsonist
Yakov Zajtsev Yakov Zajtsev ... Bearded kulak
Vadim Gusev ... Arsonist
Serafim Kozminskiy Serafim Kozminskiy ... Arsonist
Stanislav Rostotskiy ... Boy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sergey Averkiyev Sergey Averkiyev ... Appearing


A Soviet farmer's son, who is working at a Kolchos is killed by his father, who wants to burn the fields of the Kolchos to damage the Soviet Society. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Short | Drama


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Sergei M. Eisenstein reportedly claimed to have a print of this film hidden away where no one could find it. In the 60 years since his death a print has not been found. It is believed to have been among the cans of film the Soviet government removed from Eisenstein's home the morning after his death. See more »

Alternate Versions

The only surviving version of this film was assembled in the 1960s using surviving still frames that Sergei Eisenstein had saved during editing. They were arranged based on the script and set to music. Although the original would have been a sound film, no sound elements are available any more, so the current version is silent, and uses intertitles. See more »


Featured in Sergei Eisenstein: Autobiography (1996) See more »

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A tragic loss
20 February 2000 | by dmw26See all my reviews

This retelling of a classic Communist, collectivist tale is one of the greatest losses to Communism the cinematic world has felt. Destroyed by the Soviets along with several other banned films, restoration artists were able to, more or less successfully, piece the story together again, from the damaged original negative, as a series of stills and a rehashed set of intertitles. The dynamism that must have accompanied the moving images of this film has, unfortunately been lost, but the stills themselves are fantastic, and a great tribute to Eisenstein's art.

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1937 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Bezhin Meadow See more »

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(reconstructed) | (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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1.37 : 1
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