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Torn Boots

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Torn Boots

Release Date: December 17, 1933

Year    :   1933
Slogan    :   «»
Genres    :   Drama
Production Companies    :   Mezhrabpomfilm
Director    :   Margarita Barskaya
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Writers    :   Margarita Barskaya
RunTime    :   85 mins.

Working with children led Barskaya to create superb direct sound and an inspired style of shooting. Don’t look for conventional cinematic syntax here. The film is chaotic in the way that Soviet films still knew how to be, and Langlois couldn’t help but be seduced by its rebellious spirit, its anarchy and love of children, comparable to Vigo’s Zero de conduite. As well as being a film made with and for children, it offers a complex take on Western society. Pre-Nazi Germany is not named as such but is carefully reconstructed, possibly under advice from Karl Radek, and children offer a playful reflection of class struggle – doubly excluded, as proletarians and as minors. “They play in the same way that they live”, one intertitle says. The interaction between their comical games and the yet more ludicrous ones played by adults is developed on several levels.


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