A masterpiece. The last
silent film by Dovzhenko is a lyrical evocation of his native Ukraine, the
theme of the life cycle of man developed through constant juxtaposition
and intertwining of images of life and death. The film charts the conflict
between peasants and a landowner in a film poem of inestimable beauty. "A
picture for filmgoers who are prepared to take their cinema as seriously
as Tolstoy took the novel" (James Agee). Silent with English title cards.