Marpha Lapkina, a horseless peasant unwilling to subject herself to poverty organizes a dairy artel together with local agronomist and poor men. The workers-patrons help them to get the first tractor, and a little bit later dozens of tractors cultivate the artel land. –www.mosfilm.ru
The son of a shipbuilder, Eisenstein chose a career in the arts over engineering or architecture. After W.W. I he worked as a designer and a director in the theater, where he developed his theory of “Soviet realism.” One of his plays was staged not in a theater but in a gasworks. It was inevitable that Eisenstein would gravitate toward cinema, with its natural potential for realism.
His 1st film, Strike (1924), was so inventive and vigorous that it drew immediate attention. The 27-year-old director filmed Potemkin in 2 months. It is remarkable for its maturity and masterly use of camera techniques. Eisenstein was also a pioneer in film editing, and the film is a virtual textbook of this art. In a famous scene, a baby carriage rolls down a long flight of steps while a horrified student watches helplessly from below. The images are intercut and the action slows down, alternating the separate images into one shocking scene. So original was his style that even though it has been… read more
Sergei Eisenstein celebrates a communal farm in his final silent film, chronicling the struggles and hardships of a commune as they try to navigate every day life. Doesn't shy away from the difficulties of their labor, yet ends on a triumphant note common to Soviet propaganda films. Still, elegantly directed and brilliantly edited, if lacking the narrative drive of some of Eisenstein's other work.
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