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804 Ratings

Earth

Zemlya

Directed by Aleksandr Dovzhenko
Soviet Union, 1930
Silent, Drama

Synopsis

Set in the Ukraine, Earth tells the story of a group of farmers who modernize, collectivize, and seize control of their farmland, much to the anger of their hostile landlord.

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Earth Directed by Aleksandr Dovzhenko

What are people saying?

  • kartina obskura's rating of the film Earth

    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.

  • Canaletto's rating of the film Earth

    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.

  • João Eça's rating of the film Earth

    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".

  • Kai White's rating of the film Earth

    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!

  • Kamran's rating of the film Earth

    Propaganda or subversion thereof, a charged and poetic ambiguation of changing society: rise of bolshevism & science, lament of tradition & religion. 93/100 - Amazing.

  • wolfmansRazor's rating of the film Earth

    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.

  • Viola42012's rating of the film Earth

    Grande pietra miliare, parte delle fondamentali opere dei grandi teorici russi (Ėjzenštejn, Pudovkin, Vertov). Temi comi il ciclo della vita, l'importanza della terra, la coltivazione di essa, i conflitti generazionali e sociali per il dominio dei campi, fusi in una pellicola che regala momenti di intensa commozione (la scena iniziale, l'epilogo, la morte del protagonista) in cui la propaganda fa spazio alla poesia.

  • Cid Medeiros's rating of the film Earth

    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.

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