Bountiful Summer

Unclassified 18+
Boris Barnet, 87 mins, Soviet Union, 1951, 35mm, Russian with English subtitles. Courtesy: The Austrian Film Museum.

Bountiful Summer
Bountiful Summer
A gifted artist and progressive filmmaker, Barnet's lively first colour film features a predominantly female cast in a tale of gentle rivalry at work and in love.

A lush, colourful, Soviet-era musical featuring the peasants and pastoral landscapes of a collective farm, it is inevitably overrun with the idealism that saturated the eastern European musicals of the 1950s.

Set immediately after World War II, it is also affected by the Stalinist control of propagandistic public entertainment. Music by German Zhukovsky.


Wed 19 Sep 2012, 9.05pm

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