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Mother (1926)






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In pre-revolutionary Russia, the mother of a politically radical young man is stirred to oppose their aristocratic masters after her son is imprisoned and killed for his beliefs. Better known as Mother, this classic Soviet propaganda effort from Vsevo Pudovkin is part of his celebrated "Ukraine Trilogy."more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Art House & International, Classics
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Written By: Maxim Gorky, Nathan Zarkhi
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 19, 1999


Vera Baranovskaya
as Pelageya Nilovna Vla...
Ivan Koval-Samborsky
as Vesovshchikov
Vsevolod Pudovkin
as Police officer
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As with The End of St. Petersburg, Pudovkin's work here rivals that of Eisenstein, and ranks right up there with Strike as one of the great early Soviet films. It's an adaptation of a Gorky novel, about an elderly mother at first indifferent to the cause, but gets converted after being disillusioned by the imperialist/capitalist regime. It's about as propagandistic as it sounds, but the narrative is quite strong, and the camerawork is terrific. Some clever editing techniques (including a wonderful "Tell-Tale Heart"-esque moment) and a lot of dynamic cutting. Nice symbology and good performances, particularly Vera Baranovskaya in the title role. Pudovkin has a good eye for memorable, expressive faces. My only complaint is that I thought the story lost sight of the mother too often, especially as it builds towards its chaotic climax. But man, what an ending!

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