Marpha Lapkina, a horseless peasant unwilling to subject herself to poverty, organizes a dairy artel together with local agronomist and poor men. The workers-patrons help them to get the first tractor, and a little bit later dozens of tractors cultivate the artel land.
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Eisenstein and Aleksandrov's follow up to 'October' was this exquisite paean to collective farming. Though obviously made with propagandistic intent to glorify the collective farm and the modernization of Russia due to socialism one can't ignore the level of filmmaking on show. The film is full of memorable images and its film language was years ahead of its western peers. Fine cinematography by Eduard Tisse.
Sergei Eisenstein celebrates a communal farm in his final silent film, chronicling the struggles and hardships of a commune as they try to navigate every day life. Doesn't shy away from the difficulties of their labor, yet ends on a triumphant note common to Soviet propaganda films. Still, elegantly directed and brilliantly edited, if lacking the narrative drive of some of Eisenstein's other work.
This is a poison masterpiece, like _Birth of a Nation_, like _Triumph of the Will_. It's an elegant plea for the collectivization of Soviet farms; it makes a point that Stalin would drive home much efficiently a couple of years later by starving to death eight million Ukrainian farmers who disbelieved in it's fundamental aesthetic (Google "Holodomor").