Quick recap: A group of farmers get together to buy a tractor, which makes the landowners angry and then BOOM! Communism is formed.
Fun (?) fact: There’s a deleted scene where the villagers all gather and pee on the engine of the overheated tractor. It’s supposed to represent communism of course, but people thought the symbolism was a little heavy-handed.
Thoughts and Observations:
- From what I can gather, the issue at hand is that these kulaks (landowners) realize that if they work together and share, they can be much more profitable. The other landowners decide against it and then get angry when collectivism works. Point: Communism
- But I think at one point the villagers knocked down the resistant landowners’ fences, which just isn’t very nice. Point: Capitalism
- The landowners retaliate by having one of them murder the guy who bought the tractor. Point: Communism
- The guy that was murdered was named Basil and he did this REALLY elaborate dance to show it to the angry landowners. Point: Capitalism
- Basil’s father announces he is Atheist because of the murder and denies the priest the opportunity to officiate the funeral. Instead the villagers will sing songs about farm life and working. Point: Capitalism because that sounds boring as hell
- The movie was very confusing because even the happy scenes were filled with ominous, angry music, like when the villagers used the tractor. I spent about 10 minutes thinking the tractor was evil because of the sound cues. Point: Capitalism, I guess.
Was title said in film?
Probably. The movie is silent with only a few cue cards so I’m sure it was muttered at some point, considering they are working the earth.
Final review: 2/5 capitalism wins again! But only slightly because if Communism had peppier music, I would’ve been all in.
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