Synopsis: Dovzhenko's "film poem" style brings to life the collective experience of life for the Ukranian proles, examining natural cycles through his epic montage. He explores life, death, violence, sex, and other issues as they relate to the collective farms. An idealistic vision of the possibilities of Communism made just before Stalinism set in and the Kulack class was liquidated, "Earth" was viewed negatively by many Soviets because of its exploration of death and other dark issues that come with revolution.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Aleksandr Dovzhenko
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
75 min


Written and directed by:

Aleksandr Dovzhenko

Are you dying, Semion?

Yes, I'm dying, Petro.

Well, die then.

Die, Semion. And after your

death let me know,

where you are:
in Paradise

or in Hell...

...and how you're doing.

Fine, Petro. If possible,

I'll give you notice.

For 75 years he has plowed

the soil with oxen...

That's no small achievement!

If I were a People's Commissar,...

...I'd given him the Order of

the Banner of Labor.

There are no Orders for oxen,


For what then?

l could eat something.

Live well, I'm dying.

Pears he has liked.

Go ahead, read on, friend!

''...The kulak Belokon

sabotages our work,

hides the seeds and

kills the livestock...''

Im not giving it away!

I'd rather kill it...!

Now, father, the kulaks are


We're getting machines as well.

Vasili, I think, you're

not right in the head...

When we have the machines,

we'll take their land away.

I'm saying, you're crazy...

It will work without you.

You don't have to go.

The whole village is laughing already.

It's not the whole village that's

laughing, father,

just the kulaks and the stupid.

You're saying I'm stupid?

Not stupid, father,

you just have grown old.

Oh, the village Komsomol

is coming!

Then open the meeting!

These filthy dogs,

splendid fellows!

Father! Im going!

Semion, where are you now?

Greetings, grandfather Petro!

Grandfather Petro, greetings!

Get lost,

devil's brood!

It's moving!

It's moving!

It's moving!

It has stopped!

It has stopped!

It's moving!

It has stopped!

It has stopped!

premises are lacking

for collective seeds and


but not wonderful buildings

for the kulaks...

It's moving!

It has stopped!

It has stopped!

l hears!

I hear!

l hears!

No water in the cooler.

l hear!

Comrade chairman!

In the city they want to know,

if the tractor has arrived.

Comrade chairman,

the tractor is standing still!

The tractor has arrived,

the whole village witnessed it.

The tractor can't be standing



Go on then!


It has been accomplished!

The have brought it.

That's the end.

Grandfather Petro is right:

It has been accomplished!

May we


with the machines!

Now the kulaks can just mourn

their field borders!

Beware, so your mother has nothing

to mourn about!

We will see.

We will see.

It's happening, Choma!


Throw away these crutches!

Throw me up!

l'll pay for it!

Choma! Vasili has plowed the

field with the tractor!


Hey, lwans!

Hey, Stepans!

Hey, Grizkas!

Have you killed my Vasili?

Choma, you?

I'm asking you:

Have you killed Vasili?

No, uncle, it wasn't me.

There is no God.

And there are no priests either.

Im asking you...

Just like Vasili died for

the new life,

I'm asking you, to bury him

according to the new ways...

Neither priests nor church servants

beyond the grave...

It have to be our boys

and girls themselves...

And they are to sing new songs

about the new life!

Good, Uncle Opanas, we'll bury

our Vasili ourselves.

Without priests or church servants.

And we'll sing new songs

about the new life!

Without a priest! Good,

if there's no God...

And if He exists after all?

God, punish the sinners!

Punish them, God!

It's my Earth!

I won't give it up!

Punish them!

Where is the priest?

He's in there.

Damn the kolkhozy.



The deadly hate of the enemy

on poverty

took Vasili away from you...

Hey, you have-nots!

lt's me!

Beat me up! I'd rather die,

than give myself up!

With the iron horse

of Bolshevism

Vasili destroyed thousand year old fields!

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