Zemlya (Earth) (Soil)
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Earth (AKA Zemlya) is the third of Soviet director Alexander Dovzhenko's "Ukraine tetralogy" (Zvenigora (1928), Arsenal (1929), and Ivan (1932) are the other films in the series). The story tells of a group of farmers in a Ukrainian village, who unite to purchase a tractor. The leader of the peasants is later killed by a kulak, or landowner, who dislikes any form of united front that might pose a threat to his long-established authority. The events fade into memory, but the long-ranging effects of the peasant "revolt"--like the Earth itself--last forever. ~ Hal… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The astonishingly beautiful Earth is unlike anything else in movies."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Incontestably one of the greatest of all Soviet films."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It's a simple propaganda piece that overcomes its flaws through graceful cinematography and editing."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Supposed classic -- for art house diehards only."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Much of this film is chaotic, especially during the church episode and some of the closing scenes."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"A unique political poem."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A stunning achievement by turns beautiful, poignant and silently subversive."
‑ , Film4
"The vitality of the landscape is mirrored in the faces of the community's hardy young peasants."
‑ Jason Anderson, eye WEEKLY
"A very great film indeed."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The tragedy of Dovzhenko is that of a gifted cineaste stymied and almost maddened by the demands, actual and implicit, of his ultra-repressive state sponsors."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"In Aleksandr Dovzhenko's orgiastic paean to Soviet collectivism and tractor-ism Earth there is nothing more beautiful than the untainted countryside."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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