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By the Law

Po zakonu

directed by Lev Kuleshov
Soviet Union, 1926
  • 80
  • Silent
  • English


Lev Kuleshov’s By the Law tells the story of a group of prospectors in the Yukon who, after a gold strike and two murders, find themselves faced with an existential crisis, in the midst of horrific ice and darkness.

Our take

Our series on early Soviet rarities continues with this silent gem: a Russian adaptation of a Jack London novel(!), laced with the propaganda of the time, but shot with an eye for stark, gorgeous imagery and muscular drama that transcends national barriers. Rescued from the flames!