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Tractor Drivers (1939)

Traktoristy (original title)
An example of a popular genre in 1930s Soviet film, the musical comedy exalting the economic and social success of Communism, inspired by but in competition with the Hollywood musicals of the same era.

Director:

Ivan Pyrev (as Ivan Pyryev)

Writer:

Evgeniy Pomeshchikov (screenplay) (as Ye.M. Pomeshchikov)
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Cast overview:
Marina Ladynina ... Maryana Bazhan
Nikolay Kryuchkov ... Klim Yarko
Boris Andreyev ... Nazar Duma
Stepan Kayukov ... Kirill Petrovich
Pyotr Aleynikov ... Savka
Vladimir Kolchin ... Kharitosha
Olga Borovikova Olga Borovikova ... Franya
R. Dneprova-Chajka ... Markovna
P. Valeryanov P. Valeryanov ... Ded
Alexei Dolinin ... Pozharnyj (as A. Dolinin)
Pyotr Savin ... Tankist, drug Klima (as P. Savin)
Artavazd Kefchiyan Artavazd Kefchiyan ... Tankist, drug Klima (as A. Kefchiyan)
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An example of a popular genre in 1930s Soviet film, the musical comedy exalting the economic and social success of Communism, inspired by but in competition with the Hollywood musicals of the same era.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Alternate Versions

Restored version, Mosfilm, 1964 See more »

Connections

Referenced in Traktoristy (1992) See more »

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A Soviet comedy
13 October 2014 | by ionmarandiciSee all my reviews

This is a good comedy about collective farm workers and a recently returned tank driver from the Far East. It is difficult to understand it if one does not speak Russian and Ukrainian (yes, there is even an Ukrainian folk song in the movie). It so happens that I understand both. The "Zabady vas komar" line is epic. Explicit propaganda is quasi-absent. There are three things I found curious. First, at some point, the kolkhozniki find a German helmet and they comment that the Germans are preparing to attack the Soviet Union. It is curious, because the movie was released in 1939, so presumably the Soviets were expecting the attack (this is also Curtio Malaparte suggests). Second, there is the idea that in case of war, the kolkhozniks can easily change the tractor for a tank. The idea o patriotism and the need to sacrifice for the fatherland is Third, the Georgian guy in the beginning does not appear later in the movie, although he seemed a funny character. I did not understand where exactly was the main character coming from. He says he is returning from the Far East, so it might be from Khalkhin Gol. Overall it is a very good bilingual movie.


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Official Sites:

Mosfilm [rus]

Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian | Ukrainian | Georgian

Release Date:

3 July 1939 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Трактористы See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Dovzhenko Film Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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