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Earth / Soil / Zemlya


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  Earth  / Soil / Zemlya Review
Tookey's Rating
6 /10
 
Average Rating
8.44 /10
 
Starring
Semyon Svashenko, Stephen Shkurat, Mikola Nademsky
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Directed by: Alexander Petrovich Dovzhenko
Written by: Alexander Dovzhenko

 
 
 
Released: 1930
   
Genre: DRAMA
IMPORTANT
SILENT
FOREIGN
   
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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