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Mother / Mat

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6 /10
Average Rating
7.29 /10
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
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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