Zemlya (Earth) (Soil) (1930)
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Earth (AKA Zemlya) is the third of Soviet director Alexander Dovzhenko's "Ukraine tetralogy" (Zvenigora (1928), Arsenal (1929), and Ivan (1932) are the other films in the series). The story tells of a group of farmers in a Ukrainian village, who unite to purchase a tractor. The leader of the peasants is later killed by a kulak, or landowner, who dislikes any form of united front that might pose a threat to his long-established authority. The events fade into memory, but the long-ranging effects
Jan 1, 1930 Wide
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Much of this film is chaotic, especially during the church episode and some of the closing scenes.
The tragedy of Dovzhenko is that of a gifted cineaste stymied and almost maddened by the demands, actual and implicit, of his ultra-repressive state sponsors.
It's a simple propaganda piece that overcomes its flaws through graceful cinematography and editing.
A stunning achievement by turns beautiful, poignant and silently subversive.
In Aleksandr Dovzhenko's orgiastic paean to Soviet collectivism and tractor-ism Earth there is nothing more beautiful than the untainted countryside.
Supposed classic -- for art house diehards only.
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