Earth is about death and transfiguration. A tale of generations, it begins with the death of a grandfather (Nikolai Nademsky - Zvenigora) in an orchard, surrounded by his family and loved ones. This peaceful death gives way to a tumultuous present for his son Opanas and grandson Vasily (Semyon Svashenko). Kulaks, a class of wealthylandowners, begin appropriating the land of unbounded farmers. Influenced by communism, Vasily leads a youth movement to form collectivized farming in Ukraine, coming in conflict with his rival Khoma (Pyotr Masokha). In its embrace of death as a process of change, Earth endows a spiritual vision on the end of a way of life.
Since its release, Earth has remained Alexander Dovzhenko’s most famous work. Its overwhelming visual beauty and complex editing convey a sensual celebration of life. A vital influence on the films of Andrei Tarkovsky, Earth is regarded as one of the greatest films ever made - featured on the list of ten greatest films at the Brussels World Fair and Time Out Magazine’s 100 greatest films of the 20th Century.
A stunning achievement by turns beautiful, poignant and silently subversive -- Film4
The astonishingly beautiful Earth is unlike anything else in movies -- Village Voice
Incontestably one of the greatest of all Soviet films -- Chicago Reader
DVD of the week, 5 stars. Fantastically vital filmmaking - and as fresh as an open sunflower -- Time Out
- National Board of Review, USA (1930) - Won, Top Foreign Film
- Venice Film Festival, (1932) - Nominated, Audience Award
Cast & Crew:
Directed by Alexander Dovzhenko
Cinematography by Daniil Demutsky
Stepan Shkurat / Semyon Svashenko / Yuliya Sointseva / Yelena Maksimova / Nikolai Nademsky / Ivan Franko
1930 / 78 minutes / Russian with English subtitles / Mono audio (orchestral score) / 1.33:1 Black & White / PG / DVD PAL Multi Region / MRBDVD025