Thursday, 7 April 2011
Vsevolod Pudovkin: Mother - Мать (1926)
Directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin.
Starring Vera Baranovskaya, Nikolai Batalov, Aleksandr Chistyakov.
Set during the winter of 1905, Mother is the story of a woman forced to take sides during a worker's strike... conflicted between the loyalty she feels for her husband, who is corrupted by the bosses to support them, and her beloved son, a worker whose cause she grows to sympathize with.
Pudovkin's film isconsidered a classic of Soviet cinema, standing along side whose of Eisenstein and Dovzhenko. Beautifully shot, he uses montage and metaphor to recreate Maxim Gorky's story of one woman's struggle during the 1905 Revolution.
Ideology and Reality: Society and Vsevolod Pudovkin’s Mother by Cara Marisa Deleon
The silent revolutionary by Jonathan Jones