Impressive specimen of Soviet modernization and collectivization Utopia. There are several dazzling techniques used by Vertov as well as powerful set-pieces, such as the destruction of religious symbols. The total mobilization of labor-power is expectedly dressed in the garb of militarist patriotism. This is itself is an achievement that culminates in an incadescent metal loop ballet. Militant, dated but brilliant!
Concurrent with the release of this film as a flag-waving device for the first Soviet 5 Year Plan (1928-1932), much of the Donbass basin (which was the subject of this film's production and images) an industrial zone of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic experienced The Holodomor. Holodomor is a Ukrainian word for extermination by hunger, in this
Simply correcting the line of mourning adopted here. Vertov was not "assigned" to make a propaganda film, nor was he someone in the classic auteur model (making interesting work in a rote industrial setup). Vertov was positively interested in contributing to Five Year Plan's hyper-modernizing drive, considering his film to be part of the same "shock labour" experiment.
After the classic 'Man With a Movie Camera', Vertov made this bold foray into audio-visual synchronisation but failed to overcome its propagandistic tendencies. His mix of blatant propaganda with avant-garde technique made for interesting images blended with sound (far ahead of his western contemporaries) but those came with a side of Soviet collectivisation. A crusty relic.