Earth (EOTWS)

End Of The Week Shorts 7.1 extract: Earth (1930)

Profoundly brilliant, Dovzhenko's Earth is a masterpiece of epic proportions. Strictly from a formal perspective, this is not only one of the greatest pieces of soviet montage I've seen, but one of the most powerful pieces of cinema I've ever witnessed. With astounding impressionistic camera work and an edit that time and time again simply flawed me, Earth has a tremendous sense of pace, rhythm and mise en scène. And supported by Ovchinnikov's score, this narrative reached through the screen and shook me senseless - especially in the astonishing harvest sequence. 
Without a means of properly articulating the brilliance of this film, all I can suggest is that you go find Earth and let it speak for itself.

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