Thursday, July 22, 2010

Dovzhenko's climactic Earth montage



























6 comments:

jon said...

Wow!!
Very cool...
Thanks
Jon C

Greg said...

Early Soviet cinema is fascinating because they had real artists, like Dovzhenko, doing outright propaganda. The story of Earth is nothing more than collective farmers getting a tractor and imagery showing how evil private farming is, and, of course, the priest keeps trying to curse the collective farmers. But somehow, Dovzhenko takes that dreck and fills it with amazing imagery.

Just Another Film Buff said...

One of the most beautiful films ever made. And I just love pic #10. I hope they restore it.

Greg said...

I hope they restore it too. The copy available, that I got these images from, is grainy, cracked and frame-skips. It's amazing how such simple subject matter can be transformed into a beautiful work of art by someone like Dovzhenko.

Image number ten is of course the farmer twirling around in a frenzy, driven mad by the collective farmers. The collective farmers are shown in powerful close-up or in master shots of the group whereas the private farmer gets smaller and smaller as he recedes into distance, and in importance.

I think Dovzhenko's grasp of montage is more developed than that of Eisenstein, who went closer to linear lines than Dovzhenko, who stays linear but throws in elements that seem purely fantastical at times, making the montage that much more exhilirating.

Laura said...

magnificent.

Greg said...

No, you are.