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Alexander Dovzhenko

Earth (Zemlya) (1930) – DVD

Earth (Zemlya) (1930) – DVD
Alexander Dovzhenko - Earth (Zemlya) (1930) – Mr Bongo
Alexander Dovzhenko - Earth (Zemlya) (1930) – Mr Bongo
Alexander Dovzhenko - Earth (Zemlya) (1930) – Mr Bongo
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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

Awards: 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

Technical: 1930 / 78 minutes / Russian with English subtitles / Mono audio (orchestral score) / 1.33:1 Black & White / PG / DVD PAL Multi Region / MRBDVD025

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