A Ukrainian peasant village (good) sets up a collective despite the opposition of the kulaks (rich farmers – bad).
The plot of Aleksandr Dovzhenko’s film really is that simplistic. The print is speckled, the acting shaky, the subtitles often laughable.
Despite which, this is unmistakably one of the masterpieces of Soviet cinema, full of luminous, lyrical images, edited with audacious panache.
Ignore the propaganda – drink in the beauty.
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