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Bountiful Summer (Shchedroye leto)

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Release Date:January 1, 1950
Running time:87 minutes
Cast:Nina Arkhipova, Nikolai Kryuchkov, Viktor Dobrovolsky, Marina Bebutova, Anton Dunajsky
Director:Boris Barnet
Producer:Kievskaya Kinostudiya
Writer:Nikolai Dalyokij, Yevgeni Pomeshchikov
Distributor:Artkino Pictures Inc.

Description: 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, All Movie Guide

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