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Salt for Svanetia

Jim Shvante (marili svanets)

Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov
Soviet Union, 1930


An ethnographic treasure that ducuments with visual bravado the harsh conditions of life in the isolated mountain village of Ushkul.

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Salt for Svanetia Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov

Critics reviews

The horse’s heart that bursts with the help of montage becomes a metaphor for montage itself. In Soviet Svanetia, horses have to make space for a steam engine and nature has to be exchanged for machines. Thus, the film itself enters into the project of acculturation of the region, even though it is the earlier, “romantic” part of Salt for Svanetia which today remains the most vivid.
December 14, 2017
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