Boris BARNET
Борис БАРНЕТ
Boris BARNET
USSR, 1950, 87mn 
Colour, fiction
Shchedroe leto
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Щедрое лето

 

 Un été prodigieux

 Shchedroe leto

 
Directed by : Boris BARNET (Борис БАРНЕТ)
Writing credits : Yevgeni POMESHCHIKOV (Евгений ПОМЕЩИКОВ)
 
Cast
Nina ARKHIPOVA (Нина АРХИПОВА)
Marina BEBUTOVA (Марина БЕБУТОВА)
Viktor DOBROVOLSKY (Виктор ДОБРОВОЛЬСКИЙ)
Nikolay KRIUCHKOV (Николай КРЮЧКОВ)
Mikhail KUZNETSOV (Михаил КУЗНЕЦОВ)
Konstantin SOROKIN (Константин СОРОКИН)
 
Cinematography : Aleksey MISHURIN (Алексей МИШУРИН)
Production design : Oleg STEPANENKO (Олег СТЕПАНЕНКО)
Music : German ZHUKOVSKY (Герман ЖУКОВСКИЙ)
Sound : Andrei DЕMIDENKO (Андрей ДЕМИДЕНКО)
Production : Studio Dovzhenko
Spectators : 20,9 million spectators in the USSR
Release date in Russia : 08/03/1951
 
Site : IMDb

DVD with subtitles
Editor : Ruscico.
Bonus : Kinoglaz / Ciné-oeil (Киноглаз), 1924 de Dziga Vertov

Plot synopsis
Russian filmmaker Boris Barnet's Schedroe Leto was released variously in the U.S. as Beautiful Summer and Bountiful Summer. The film was Barnet's first color effort, and a beautiful job it was indeed. Essentially a musical comedy with lightly propagandistic underpinnings, the film offers a rosy-hued look at life in a "typical" Ukrainian collective farm. The largely female cast seemingly can't go for an hour at a time without bursting into song. Somehow, the film finds time for a plot concerning the friendly rivalry between Oksana (M. Bebutova) and Vera (N. Arkhipova), who try to outdo each other in raising livestock and harvesting grain. A romantic subplot involves Vera with mild-mannered bookkeeper Peter (M. Kuznetsov).
Hal Erickson, www.allmovie.com
 

Commentaries and bibliography
Un été prodigieux (1951) [Boris Barnet], Julien MORVAN, Perestroikino, 2020
Новое лицо стыдливости. Жак Риветт о фильме Барнета Щедрое лето, Jacques RIVETTE, chapaev.media / Cahiers du cinéma, 1953
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- 'Il Cinema Ritrovato' Festival, Bologna (Italy), 2011
- Venice International Film Festival, Venice (Italy), 2006
- Gels et dégels, une autre histoire du cinéma soviétique (1926-1968), Paris (France), 2002
- Film Festival Locarno, Locarno (Switzerland), 2000

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