rare are moments when life and death, joy, dance, pain and tragedy feel so intense and extreme in a very same. vasiliy's walk was one of those moments. (and how long it was? 1 minute or 2? it could be a century, too) like the Soul spread all varieties of its boundless volume.
Tuve el honor de verla como parte del famoso Festival Internacional de Jazz acompañada en vivo por un trío (piano, guitarra electrica y sax), sobra decir que fue una experiencia inolvidable, que Potemkin ni que mis huevos.
Too many symbols and too much abstraction for me. The first sequence is overwhelming in mystery, beauty and possible meanings. The rest is somehow a group of images that compose neither a story nor a free abstract representation of nature, earth or whatever. Lost between this two possibilities and with some ideological intentions that don't add nothing to it, "Earth" is the weak version of Eisenstein's "Old and New".
A running meditation on several heady themes as they relate to rural Russian farmlife. Some great photography helps give this somewhat of an ethereal feel that you don't find in other Soviet films from this era. Incidentally, the ending manages to wrap a storm, stampeding horses, fruit, a nude woman, an angry priest, and a funeral procession into one heck of a montage. Exciting!
Dovzhenko's ecstatic, pulsing montage is still incredibly rousing even when the specific content of the film seems almost unfathomable to an American audience. The kulaks are bad guys because they own property? A priest is shunned for offering funeral services? People are this excited about a tractor? I loved the film, but I can't overlook that it's propaganda for a policy that killed millions of people.
Undoubtfuly it carries a stunning and hunting photography work. It places the rise of communism in parallel with the cultural and political aspects of Ukraine's inhabitants. It depicts part of the resentment eastern Europeans hold in regard to Russia.
The work that has been inspiring poetic cinema since 1930.
The film made me take a look at the history of Ukraine in the way Dovzhenko wanted I guess.
Soviet called it propaganda, but the real master shows more than that and it's all about reading between the lines.