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Mother / Mat


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Tookey's Rating
6 /10
 
Average Rating
7.29 /10
 
Starring
Vera Baranovskaya , A.P. Khristiakov, Nikolai Batalov
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Directed by: Vsevolod Pudovkin
Written by: N. Zarkhi, Vsevolod Pudovkin from Maxim Gorky's novel

 
 
 
Released: 1926
   
Genre: DRAMA
IMPORTANT
SILENT
FOREIGN
   
Origin: Russia
   
Colour: BW
   
Length: 90
 
 


 
A mother (Vera Baranovskaya) betrays her son (Nikolai Batalov), leader of an illegal strike, to the police but eventually learns to love Communism.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Classic Soviet propaganda-piece, with mother and son symbolising the masses who eventually rose up against the Tsar. Montage is used skilfully to establish character; Baranovskaya is moving; and many sequences are the equal of anything produced by Eisenstein. It was banned in New York on release, but it's undoubtedly a highlight of silent cinema.


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