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Earth / Soil / Zemlya

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6 /10
Average Rating
8.44 /10
Semyon Svashenko, Stephen Shkurat, Mikola Nademsky
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Directed by: Alexander Petrovich Dovzhenko
Written by: Alexander Dovzhenko

Released: 1930
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: USSR
Colour: BW
Length: 63

Peasants form a collective in a Ukrainian village, despite the opposition of reactionary landowners.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Sincere, earnest, almost plotless film which was effective propaganda in favour of collectivisation. It shows a sensuous link between peasants and the soil (one of tthe most famous scenes is of couples embracing on the ground), and a symbiotic relationship between man and machine (in a scene cut from all foreign prints until 1958, the peasants cool the engine of a tractor with their own urine). Hopelessly optimistic and romantic, of course, but hailed as a masterpiece of realism by those unrealistic about Communism. In the 50s, it was voted one of the 10 greatest films of all time by an international group of critics.

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