Landmarks of Early Soviet Film
8 Groundbreaking Films (1924 - 1930)

Landmarks of Early Soviet Film - 8 Groundbreaking Films (1924 - 1930)
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Old and New
Sergei M. Eisenstein's last silent and seldom-seen attempt to bring visual poetry to the collectivization of agriculture. 100.000.000 peasants - illiterate, poor, hungry. There comes a day when one woman…
Stride, Soviet!
STRIDE, SOVIET! is a film intended to publicize, in the run-up to local elections, the work and accomplishments of the Moscow municipal council or "soviet." Dziga Vertov attempts a different…
Turksib
TURKSIB set itself the modest goal of educating the Soviet public about the need for a railroad connecting Siberia and Turkestan. Although the film was released before construction of the…
Fall of the Romanov Dynasty
Esfir Shub culls her landmark documentary from pre-Soviet Russian newsreels gathered from Europe and America. In May 1913 the Romanov Dynasty celebrates its 300th anniversary at the Russian throne. The…
The House on Trubnaya Square
THE HOUSE ON TRUBNAYA was Boris Barnet's fourth production and a great hit with audiences. With its vibrant humor and a clever commentary on the historical moment, this film was…
The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks
The film is a broad satire of American ignorance of the Soviet Union. The naive American, Mr. John West, played by Porfori Podobed as a Harold Lloyd type (complete with…
By the Law
"By the Law" is a melodrama that takes place in a remote area in the Yukon during the gold rush at the turn of the century. A group of five…
Salt for Svanetia
A 1930 Georgian silent documentary film directed by Mikhail Kalatozov. As one of the earliest ethnographic films, it documents the life of the Svan people in the isolated mountain village…

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Turksib
Part of the Series: Landmarks of Early Soviet Film
TURKSIB set itself the modest goal of educating the Soviet public about the need for a railroad connecting Siberia and Turkestan. Although the film was released before construction of the railroad was completed, which would not be until 1931, the dynamic finale of the locomotive reaching the nomads reenacts a…
Cigarette Girl Of Mosselprom
Exploding the myth that the Soviet silent cinema was limited to political propaganda, Yuri Zhelyabuzhsky's THE CIGARETTE GIRL OF MOSSELPROM is a playful romantic comedy set on the streets of 1924 Moscow, occasionally peeking behind the scenes of the Mezhrabpom-Rus Studios. Yuliya Solntseva stars as a tobacco vendor on the…
Earth
One of the undisputed masterpieces of the cinema, no single viewing of EARTH will ever reveal all of its poetic brilliance. An old farmer dies, his grandson has a new vision to bring prosperity to his poor Ukraine village.
Chess Fever
A Keaton-esque comedy in which a young man's passion for the game threatens to wreck his marriage.
The Outskirts (Okraina)
Directed by Boris Barnet, The Outskirts is Barnet's first sound film. This is the tender love story between a Russian girl Anka and a German prisoner of war given permission to work in the village. This love story is made possible because Anka's father's friend Robert Karlovish, a German taught…
Mark Donskoy - The Childhood of Maxim Gorky
The Childhood of Maxim Gorky, tells the story of Aleksei Peshkov a 12 year old boy, living in 19th Century Russia, who would later be known as Maxim Gorky, possibly Russia's most famous and celebrated novelist and dramatist. Made in 1938, the film is based on Gorky's autobiography `My Childhood',…
Mark Donskoy - My Apprenticeship (Out In The World, Among People)
My Apprenticeship (Out In The World, Among People) is the second part of the celebrated film trilogy by Mark Donskoy based upon Maxim Gorky's autobiographical works. Alyosha Peshkov leaves the house of his grandfather and goes "into the world", to earn his living. He works as a "boy" for his…
Mark Donskoy - My Universities
The trilogy based upon Maxim Gorky's autobiographical works - "Childhood of Maxim Gorky", "My Apprenticeship", "My Universities", had written down Donskoy's name in the history of world cinema. Alyosha Peshkov comes to Kazan to study. The university proved an unreachable dream for him, and he has to look for a…
Old and New
Part of the Series: Landmarks of Early Soviet Film
Sergei M. Eisenstein's last silent and seldom-seen attempt to bring visual poetry to the collectivization of agriculture. 100.000.000 peasants - illiterate, poor, hungry. There comes a day when one woman decides that she can live old life no longer. Using ways of new Soviet state and industrial progress she changes…
The House on Trubnaya Square
Part of the Series: Landmarks of Early Soviet Film
THE HOUSE ON TRUBNAYA was Boris Barnet's fourth production and a great hit with audiences. With its vibrant humor and a clever commentary on the historical moment, this film was unusual for the 1920s Soviet cinema. Barnet's heart lay in stories about regular people coming to terms with historical changes.…
The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks
Part of the Series: Landmarks of Early Soviet Film
The film is a broad satire of American ignorance of the Soviet Union. The naive American, Mr. John West, played by Porfori Podobed as a Harold Lloyd type (complete with enormous round glasses), is a YMCA president who is planning a trip to the newly founded Soviet Union to spread…
By the Law
Part of the Series: Landmarks of Early Soviet Film
"By the Law" is a melodrama that takes place in a remote area in the Yukon during the gold rush at the turn of the century. A group of five gold prospectors -- Michael an Irishman; Hans Nelson, the Swede leader of the expedition; his English wife Edith; a Dutchman…