Zemlya (Earth) (Soil) Reviews

January 14, 2020
It extends the message of collectivism farther into the province of the reflective, whither the film the world over must inherently progress. But in moving to the reflective, it becomes too personal a meditation...
September 1, 2014
Dovzhenko's grave and jubilant landmark
February 18, 2012
A unique political poem.
October 23, 2007
The astonishingly beautiful Earth is unlike anything else in movies.
October 23, 2007
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.
January 28, 2006
Much of this film is chaotic, especially during the church episode and some of the closing scenes.
January 26, 2006
A very great film indeed.
November 1, 2005
April 4, 2005
It's a simple propaganda piece that overcomes its flaws through graceful cinematography and editing.
October 6, 2004
A stunning achievement by turns beautiful, poignant and silently subversive.
February 3, 2004
In Aleksandr Dovzhenko's orgiastic paean to Soviet collectivism and tractor-ism Earth there is nothing more beautiful than the untainted countryside.
December 29, 2002
Supposed classic -- for art house diehards only.
November 19, 2002
The vitality of the landscape is mirrored in the faces of the community's hardy young peasants.
January 1, 2000
Incontestably one of the greatest of all Soviet films.