Review: ‘Zimlya’

Earth was the sixth of Aleksandr Dovzhenko's eleven productions, and it embodies the quintessence of his philosophy of life: that the tenets of the Marxist are related to the attachment of simple men to the land of their forefathers.

Earth was the sixth of Aleksandr Dovzhenko’s eleven productions, and it embodies the quintessence of his philosophy of life: that the tenets of the Marxist are related to the attachment of simple men to the land of their forefathers.

Showing how the machines come to help the collectivization of farms in the Ukraine, Earth is well-known for its simplicity, lyricism and deep feeling for humanity and nature. It remains one of the finest examples of the poetic cinema of the silent period.

[Pic was reviewed at a retrospective screening at the Montreal festival in 1962.]

Zimlya

USSR

Production

VUFKU. Director Aleksandr Dovzhenko; Screenplay Aleksandr Dovzhenko; Camera Danylo Demutsky; Art Director Vasili Krichevsky

Crew

Silent. (B&W) Available on DVD. Extract of a review from 1930. Running time: 63 MIN.

With

Semyon Svashenko Stepan Shkurat Mikola Nademsky Yelena Maksimova Pyotr Masokha
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