A young woman arrives in her school where she must teach for the first time. Her task consists in teaching a class of adults to read and write. All her students are male, ranging from boys ...
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A young woman arrives in her school where she must teach for the first time. Her task consists in teaching a class of adults to read and write. All her students are male, ranging from boys to old men, and they are rather rowdy and difficult. All the more as a young hooligan dares write her on a test paper that he loves her. Feeling harassed by the young man, she is defended by other students. But she more or less feels the young bad boy's love is true and when this one is lying on his dying bed, after being stabbed by the other students, she solaces him by kissing him tenderly.Written by
Shy Aleksandra Rebikova comes to a small village and is assigned to teaching adults to read and write. Her rowdy pupils distress her, particularly surly Vladimir Mayakovsky, who hands in a classroom assignment with the words "I love you." Believing herself mocked, she tears it up. He stops coming to class, but when they meet in the street, he tries some rough wooing. Her other students come to appreciate her efforts and respect her, The men gang up and beat Mayakovsky to a pulp.
Mayakovsky not only stars, he co-directed and co-wrote the script; although he died in 1930, only 36, he was a playwright whose works were being turned into movies as late as 1977.
In western movies of this sort, the usual course of events would be that the crude peasant would study hard and prove himself worthy of the young lady's love. Mayakovsky's work urges the intelligentsia to make the effort to understand and succor and yes, love their bottom-class students on their own terms.
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