A frenzy trip with some of the strangest mix between ancient & modern age, reality & fantasy, battlefield, mines tunnel and wheatfield. It's quite challenging to follow the director train of fantasy, but let's put it simply: Zvenigora is a non-narrative film with consecutive moments of wonder that links under the so-called Dovzhenko touch
I remember reading about this director in my film history textbook. I've always wanted to check his film Earth out but never actually did so. After seeing this I'm exciting to see his "better works" since this had some stunning visuals. Story-wise well it's Sovjet Russia what are you gonna do.
Apart from it's artistic value, this is a highly revealing film regarding the current Ukraine conflict. It shows the predictive (or justifying?) nature of a nation's myths on its current affairs: in this case shedding light on Ukraine's ordeals during the IWW, Bolshevik & Industrial Revolutions; but also predicting what is now the Poroshenko-led media spectacle, similar to "Ukraine's Prince's" lecture in the film.
I wish I could have been on set for this one because Dovzhenko was creating something new. A different language. He didn't have the cinematic language like we do now, he was making it up as he went. The result was a memorizing and playful mediation on the lost of myth within industrialism. Weirdly graceful? Yeah, something along those lines. Its a different creature than any of us are used to.
This film doesn't get discussed much in regards to Dovzhenko's body or work. What a surprise, then, to discover that it is his masterpiece. Lysergic, otherworldly, and proto-surrealist, it reminds me more of Medvedkin than Dovzhenko. I can't begin to impart what an extraordinarily pleasant surprise this was.