35mm. A film in episodes about the October revolution that was immediately censored and only released 20 years later. In fact, the humanity presented is a group of beings adrift, between the absolute misery and the greater impiety and the forms with which are shown are anything but simple, following the unique beauty of the oblique cryptic cinema that by this years was done in some Eastern European cinema.
"Homeland of Electricity" is only half a film. Four stars for the works, AT THE BEGINNING OF AN UNKNOWN ERA, of which Shepitko's is the second - and lesser - half. Not that it's at all bad, but Andrei Smirnov's opener, based on a Yuri Olesha story about a band of revolutionaries aboard a train crawling through Siberia that's stopped by a famous cut-throat, is the real standout.
"But the people didn't feel the rain on them, because they had stopped hoping it would come. They hadn't noticed how, in their hope to survive, they became hope incarnate, aiding them to do things possible and yet impossible: how that hope became part of a bigger hope, a hope for the future world of communism, a part of yet bigger hope they needed for daily existence. And that hope only kept them human."