David Maryan – Zhizn v rukakh AKA Life in Your Hands (1930)

“The film Life in Hands (David Maryan, 1930, USSR) is an instructive historical case of the transition from the bright experiments of Sergei Eisenstein and Alexander Dovzhenko to agitprop as the focus of all the most odious in Soviet cinema. Prior to this work, Marian was a screenwriter for several films, which, as far as we know, have not survived, and this is his directorial debut, which borrows a lot from both the Earth (Alexander Dovzhenko, 1930, USSR) and the General Line (Sergei Eisenstein, 1928, USSR) – both thematically and in dramatic and visual solutions. “
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The film is about a change in the way of life in the city and the countryside.

The cursed legacy for the young state are drunkards and truants, who have not yet rebuilt their lives in the new social conditions. But life is changing: the inhabitants of the commune dormitory, a huge, cubist-style house, “orderly” run in the morning for exercise, eat in the canteen, which resembles a factory conveyor belt.

This propaganda film is interesting because of its imagery: The “connection between the city and the village” is represented by a montage of fast-moving shots of harvesting by factory workers and students.

2.02GB | 1h 12m | 1920×1080 | mkv


Language:Russian & Ukrainian intertitles

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