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Schastye (Happiness)

Schastye (Happiness) (1934)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1934 Wide

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A hapless loser (with the surname of Loser) undergoes misadventures with avaracious clergy, a tired horse, and a walking granary (among other things) on his road to collectivized happiness.

Dec 2, 2008

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Both less stodgy and more outrageous than the rest of the Russian silent film canon, Happiness is political cinema at its finest, and funniest.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
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In "Happiness," Khmyr(Pyotr Zinovyev) is a peasant who suffers through life. To make matters worse, he even has to watch his grandfather die in his attempt to steal some very tasty looking cake from a prosperous neighbor. So, he decides to hit the road, leaving behind his wife Anna(Yelena Yegorova), where even finding a merchant's wallet cannot alleviate his misery, as life goes on.

With its peasant protagonist and random shots at clergy, "Happiness" would rate as an average piece of Soviet propaganda if not for its innovative use of a camera in what defnitely look like crane shots and an influential use of surrealism. Plus, it helps that writer-director Aleksandr Medvedkin keeps things moving throughout this silent film, even with the fractured narrative.
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  • Das Glück (DE)
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