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This impressionistic silent Russian film follows the trials and tribulations of farmers on a collective who come into conflict with more affluent "kulak" landowners. Led by Vasili (Semyon Savshenko), the farmers pool their resources to buy a tractor, a triumphant development that soon yields to tragedy. Despite the hardships that they face, the farmers press on, with their connection to the land evident in the film's many moments of scenic rural beauty.

Cast & Crew

Semyon Savshenko
Vasili "Basil" Opanas
Pyotr Masokha
Khoma "Thomas" Whitehorse
Mikola Nademski
Semyon "Simon" Opanas
V. Mikhailov
Village Priest
E. Maximova
Natalya
Yulia Solntseva
Vasili's Sister
Alexander Dovshenko
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Critic Reviews for Earth

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (3)

Audience Reviews for Earth

  • Sep 25, 2012
    Dovzhenko gets to show off his filming techniques, but the story isn't all that interesting, and the movie is very slow and boring. I didn't care for this at all.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2011
    [font=Century Gothic][color=red]"Earth" and "The End of St. Petersburg" are two silent films made in the Soviet Union in 1927 and 1930, respectively. They were made to advance certain political feelings of the state, but what makes them better than mere propoganda, is the power of the images involved. "Earth" is about the introduction of machinery to a rural village. "The End of St. Petersburg" starts out in pre-revolution Russia, as workers are forced to migrate to the title city in search of work. What they find is a city of workers that are being starved by the capitalists. St. Petersburg, here represents, capitalism, which comes to an end in Russia with the Russian Revolution. I prefer "The End of St. Petersburg" because of a better story.[/color][/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2011
    A great looking and amazingly edited Russian silent film about poor farmers vs. rich farmers. It needed more title cards and story, but the editing is way before it's time. That's the Russians for you.
    cody f Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2008
    I still can't decide whether this should be a 3 1/2 or 4 star rating, maybe I'll change it once I've had a little longer to take it all in. Anyway, "Earth" is the story of how the poor Ukranian farmers protested against the Kulaks (rich peasant farmers). Of course this is a Marxist propaganda film, but that and the plot are not really of importance. What is of importance is the beautiful images that Dovzhenko captures. I may have only seen one film by Dovzhenko and one film by Eisenstein but as this point and can say that I prefer the former, who is somewhat overshadowed by the latters work. The story may be a bit weak and the title cards don't seem to translate to well but this is defiantly one to see for the memorable images.
    Emily B Super Reviewer

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