Description: Though virtually unknown today, Aleksandr Dovzhenko's silent film Earth (1930) received high praise almost immediately. It has been a top contender in several polls of the greatest films ever made. It's a simple propaganda piece that overcomes its flaws through graceful cinematography and editing. The story of a farm collective that obtains a tractor pales next to the images of man trying and failing to control his element. Birth, death and rebirth takes place no matter how man interferes. To that end, Dovzhenko continually squashes his human forms to the bottom of the frame, giving precedence to the sky and the horizon.
Director: Aleksandr Dovzhenko
Writers: Aleksandr Dovzhenko
Stars: Stepan Shkurat, Semyon Svashenko and Yuliya Solntseva
Tags: full film, drama, Zemlya, Earth
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