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A young farmer and his lazy father try to help with the construction of the Dniprohes, but he learns that strength is not enough for a worker and joins the Communist party.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
K. Bondarevsky K. Bondarevsky ... Young Ivan (as Konstantin Bondarevsky)
Dmitri Golubinsky ... Secretary
Elena Golki Elena Golki ... Mother of Killed Worker (as Elena Golik)
Maksim Gornatko Maksim Gornatko
Aleksandr Zapolsky Aleksandr Zapolsky ... Supervisor (as Alexander Zapolski)
Pyotr Masokha ... Ivan Guba (as Peter Masokha)
Nikolai Nademsky
Peter Pastushkov Peter Pastushkov
Stepan Shagaida ... Stepan Vasiliyevich, the foreman
Stepan Shkurat ... Stepan Iosovich Guba, the idler
Terentiy Yura
Mikola Grigorovich Tretyakov Mikola Grigorovich Tretyakov ... Ttetyakov
Avgust Avgustovich Shults Avgust Avgustovich Shults ... Shults
Pavlo Ivanovich Orov Pavlo Ivanovich Orov ... Orov
Isatula Sadikovich Ibatulin Isatula Sadikovich Ibatulin ... Ibatulin


After the critical lambasting of his masterpiece Earth, Dovzhenko returned with a more popular iteration of its main motifs. Much like Earth, Ivan concerns itself with the natural rhythms of country life, disrupted by the beat of looming industrialisation.

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Release Date:

6 November 1932 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Ivan - kertomus kahdesta nuoresta miehestä See more »

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Production Co:

Ukrainfilm See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono | Systemi A. Shorin

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Ukrainians by a dam site
10 February 2019 | by brianinatlantaSee all my reviews

The great Ukrainian silent film director Aleksandr Dovzhenko made his first sound film Ivan two years after his masterpiece Earth (1930) was denounced as "counterrevolutionary" and "defeatist" by the Communist Party. Ivan (1932) is far more propagandistic than any of his previous films with all the good Communist characters portrayed as flat, smiling icons that seemed to have stepped straight off a political poster. The bad apples in the bunch are the only interesting characters, particularly Stepan Shkurat, the hero's father here as he was in Earth (1930), but with a much larger and more comic role. Another small but lively part is the wife of a foreman who would rather listen to foreign music on the radio than another live report from the tractor committee. Despite the restrictions, there are moments where the old Dovzhenko shines through, most notably during a beautifully photographed traveling shot over the Dnieper River and the two entrances of the grieving mother where shots are repeated again and again for emphasis. Coincidentally, Ivan (1932) was released during the height of the Holodomor, the Stalin-made famine that starved Ukrainians to death by the millions. One hopes that participating in this unleavened piece of political indoctrination allowed a few of them to survive.

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