Earth

Earth

Synopsis

"This exquisitely beautiful film uses simple but powerful means to tell a story of collectivization on a Ukrainian farm as it sets out profound and universal themes: the fruitfulness of the earth, its annual rebirth, life, love, and death. When a local kulak refuses to divide his land for a collective, a young villager (Svashenko) takes it for the people by force and turns it into a success. Despite the tragedy that ensues, the people sing songs of renewal as rain promises another cycle of life for the earth. Filled with sensuality, joy, and pain, Dovzhenko’s classic remains a stunning example of cinematic expression." – Harvard Film Archive

Technical Specs

Director: Aleksandr Dovzhenko
Year: 1930
Country: Soviet Union
Language: Silent
Duration: 78 min
Colour: B/W
Certificate: PG
Alternate Title: Zemlya