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Bezhin lug (1937)

A Soviet farmer's son, who is working at a Kolchos is killed by his father, who wants to burn the fields of the Kolchos to damage the Soviet Society.
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Credited cast:
Viktor Kartashov ... Stepok (as Vitya Kartashov)
Nikolay Khmelyov ... Peasant
Boris Zakhava ... Stepka's father - first film version
Yekaterina Teleshova Yekaterina Teleshova ... Kolkhoz Chairman
Pyotr Arzhanov ... Political Commissar (as Pavel Ardzhanov)
Nikolai Maslov Nikolai Maslov ... Arsonist
Yakov Zajtsev Yakov Zajtsev ... Bearded kulak
Vadim Gusev ... Arsonist
Serafim Kozminskiy Serafim Kozminskiy ... Arsonist
Stanislav Rostotskiy ... Boy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sergey Averkiyev Sergey Averkiyev ... Appearing
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A Soviet farmer's son, who is working at a Kolchos is killed by his father, who wants to burn the fields of the Kolchos to damage the Soviet Society. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Production was stopped by Soviet officials in 1937. Sergei M. Eisenstein had spent two years filming and had up to three different completed versions. The footage that had been shot up to that point was taken to a film storage vault, which was destroyed in a German bombing raid during the war. The film was alleged to have also been destroyed at this time; however, the government is thought to have destroyed it earlier on. Eisenstein, though, saved two frames from the beginning and end of all of his shots and in the mid-'60s these were put together according to script, story board and notes for a 31-minute reconstruction of film stills. See more »

Alternate Versions

The only surviving version of this film was assembled in the 1960s using surviving still frames that Sergei Eisenstein had saved during editing. They were arranged based on the script and set to music. Although the original would have been a sound film, no sound elements are available any more, so the current version is silent, and uses intertitles. See more »

Connections

Featured in Sergei Eisenstein: Autobiography (1996) See more »

User Reviews

I agree with the other user comment I have read on this film:May have been Eisenstein´s best film!!
12 January 2002 | by anton-6See all my reviews

I saw the reconstruction of this film on the Criterion Collection dvd set Eisenstein: The sound years.The photography is fantastic and I think it would have been a masterpiece but it was destroyed.It could be a bit confusing to follow the story in the reconstruction(it´s something about 30 minutes long)but it´s still very interesting.


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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

1937 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Bezhin Meadow See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(reconstructed) | (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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