85th anniversary of Oleksandr Dovzhenko’s film “EARTH” retrospective screening
“I want to show the death of the hero in such a way, that it makes people want to live!” said the legendary master of Ukrainian cinema Oleksandr Dovzhenko about one of the key moments of his film “Earth”.
This kind of artistically meaningful paradox is a feature of the creativity of this director. The film, which was seemingly based on the traditional patriotic theme of “collectivisation” so popular in 1920s and 30s, suddenly seemed ‘dangerous’ and event ‘harmful’ to Soviet officials. In an act of ideological sabotage the film was given thirty two previews in an attempt to expose the director.
Against all odds, “Earth” was released for distribution on 8th April 1930. However 9 years later, through the efforts of the same officials it disappeared from Soviet screens, but continued on to conquer European cinema. Following a screening in Berlin about fifty reviews appeared in the press, the authors of which were thrilled.
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Silent film, with occasional texts in Russian with English subtitles.