Road To Life

  • 1930
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

One of the finest Soviet films to come along with the advent of sound, ROAD TO LIFE tells of a group of street urchins in Moscow who are brought before a board of inquiry with the hope of setting them straight. The board allows the homeless youngsters to form their own commune so they can learn the fundamentals of hard work. Led by Tzyvan Kyrla, the gang...read more

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One of the finest Soviet films to come along with the advent of sound, ROAD TO LIFE tells of a group of street urchins in Moscow who are brought before a board of inquiry with the hope of setting them straight. The board allows the homeless youngsters to form their own commune so they

can learn the fundamentals of hard work. Led by Tzyvan Kyrla, the gang begins work on a railway line, but as the line is completed Kyrla is killed by Mikhail Zharov, who tries to break away and form his own gang. The dead leader's body is transported on the front of the locomotive in a somber and

tellingly ironic scene. This is a fine essay on the problems of poverty and rehabilitation, which director Nikolai Ekk never again came close to equalling. A year later William Wellman, in WILD BOYS OF THE ROAD, dealt with identical themes. ROAD TO LIFE was originally released at 101m and

re-released in 1957 with a new soundtrack and re-edited by Ekk at 98m. (In Russian; English subtitles.)

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