A back and white medium shot of a young woman next to a sunflower.
A back and white medium shot of a young woman next to a sunflower.
Earth (1930) Alexander Dovzhenko

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Alexander Dovzhenko | Soviet Union | 1930 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 27 Jul 2022

Dovzhenko’s last silent film is a lyrical evocation of his native Ukraine and the theme of the lifecycle of humankind developed through the intertwining of images of life and death. The film charts the conflict between peasants and a landowner, reflecting the socialist practice of collectivisation, to create a film-poem of inestimable beauty. The last part of Dovzhenko’s celebrated “Ukraine trilogy”, James Agee called it a “picture for filmgoers who are prepared to take their cinema as seriously as Tolstoy took the novel”. It co-stars Yuliya Solntseva, the celebrated actor and director who formed an extraordinary partnership with her husband, Dovzhenko.

35mm print courtesy of ACMI Collections.

Format: 35mm, Black & White
Language: Silent with English intertitles
Source: ACMI Collections
Courtesy: Dovzhenko Centre
Runtime: 83 mins

Event duration

83 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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Masterpieces of Ukrainian Cinema

2022 marks the centenary of Ukrainian feature filmmaking. This season assembles six masterworks of Ukrainian cinema, all canonised by the Dovzhenko Centre (the Ukrainian national film archive in Kyiv) and includes three landmark titles from the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic era (1922–1991) – all of which were at ideological odds with the official doctrines of their times – and three from the 21st century...

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