Earth

  • 1930
  • 1h 15min
  • U
  • Directed by: Aleksandr Dovzhenko
  • Cast: Stepan Shkurat, Semyon Svashenko, Yuliya Solntseva

Aleksandr Dovzhenko's drama is one of the most important movies from the 1930s.

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Earth is the most famous Ukrainian film, recognised as a masterpiece of world cinema. Glorified in Ukraine after Dovzhenko’s death, the avant-garde film, banned nine days after its release, gave rise to perhaps the largest number of controversial interpretations. Full of lyrical pantheism and, at the same time, utopian exaltation, it demonstrated the ambiguity of the Ukrainian civilizational choice of the 1920s, culminating in dramatic collectivisation.

Oleksandr Dovzhenko is, probably, the most prominent and yet controversial figure of the Ukrainian culture of the Soviet era. In his creative work, he developed a political and cultural project of Ukraine, far from dogmatic communism: this – conditionally avant-garde – project paradoxically combined futurism and traditionalism, utopianism and conservatism.

At the International Referendum in Brussels in 1958, the film was named one of the 12 most significant achievements of world cinema.

In 2012, Earth was restored to the order of The Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre. The new soundtrack for the film was created by the Ukrainian ethno-chaos band DakhaBrakha, whose music shifts Earth’s accents from the film’s ideological connotations to the universal humanistic ones.

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