Zemlya (Earth) (Soil)
Zemlya (Earth) (Soil) (1930)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1930
DVD Release Date: January 22, 2002
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
J. Hoberman
Village Voice

The astonishingly beautiful Earth is unlike anything else in movies.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Incontestably one of the greatest of all Soviet films.

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TV Guide

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.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

Much of this film is chaotic, especially during the church episode and some of the closing scenes.

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Fernando F. Croce

Dovzhenko's grave and jubilant landmark

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's a simple propaganda piece that overcomes its flaws through graceful cinematography and editing.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A very great film indeed.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A unique political poem.

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A stunning achievement by turns beautiful, poignant and silently subversive.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
Dovzhenko gets to show off his filming techniques, but the story isn't all that interesting, and the movie is very slow and boring. I didn't care for… More
Emily B.
I still can't decide whether this should be a 3 1/2 or 4 star rating, maybe I'll change it once I've had a little longer to take it all in.… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic][color=red]"Earth" and "The End of St. Petersburg" are two silent films made in the Soviet Union in 1927 and 1930,… More
cody franklin
A great looking and amazingly edited Russian silent film about poor farmers vs. rich farmers. It needed more title cards and story, but the editing is way… More