Vā€™18: OCTOBER 25 ā€“ NOVEMBER 8, 2018

ZEMLJA

V' 04

ZEMLJA

Alexander Dovshenko
UdSSR, 1930
73min, stumm

ZEMLJA

Alexander Dovshenko
UdSSR, 1930
, 73min, stumm

Actors: 
Stepan Shkurat
Opanas
Semyon Svashenko
Wassili Opanas
Yuliya Solntseva
Wassilis Schwester
Yelena Maksimova
Natalya, Wassilis Verlobte
Nikolai Nademsky
Semyon Opanas
Pyotr Masokha
Khoma
Vladimir Mikhajlov
Dorfpriester
Screenplay: 
Alexander Dovshenko
Camera: 
Daniil Demutski
Editor: 
Alexander Dovshenko
Composer: 
Lev Revutski
Decoration: 
Wassili Krichevski

Production: 
Wufku
Format: 
35 mm
Black/White

Dovshenko was both a sophisticated revolutionary artist and a Ukrainian tribal bard; his name epitomizes a cine-lyricism so passionate as to verge on pantheism. Compared to his peers Eisenstein and Vertov, Dovshenko proved to be a man of many genres. The astonishingly beautiful Earth is unlike anything else in movies. Drafted to make a film on rural collectivization, Dovshenko produced a myth presenting the creation of the kolkhoz as a natural phenomenon, part of a cosmic cycle of birth and death. Murdered by a crazed kulak (or wealthy peasant), Earths young hero is a martyr to the fertility of harvest. Released amid the campaign to liquidate the kulaks, Earth is ultimately a pagan myth made to celebrate a tragic social experiment.
(Jim Hoberman)

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