Old Grass

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The film tells about one of the villages of the Novosibirsk region during the perestroika period. The hero of the film, an agricultural scientist, goes to his native village to help his fellow countrymen change their lives. But he meets anger and indifference. It turns out that they do not live at all as he expected. This film is about how a person has become far removed from his native places, from reality. In the finale, the hero sits alone on the stage of a local club. The fellow countrymen did not come to his meeting. 1 part. Novosibirsk region Agricultural scientist Vasily Maksimovich Shunkov goes to his native village in the carriage of a passenger train, walks along the platform of the railway station, walks along the tracks. V.M.Shunkov tells about his grandfather, who was resettled from the Oryol region to Siberia, where he was engaged in agriculture and oil production (behind the scenes). The cousin of V.M. Shunkova - Nikolai Pavlovich Tishchenko meets V.M. Shunkova in the village. A truck, a tractor, and a cart are passing along a well-worn rural road. View of the elevator of the Rodina state farm in the evening. Elderly women are dancing, singing ditties in a hut during a feast on the occasion of the arrival of V.M. Shunkov (synchronously). The man plays on spoons. A man is dancing, an accordion player is playing. V.M.Shunko tells his cousins N.P. Tishchenko, A.V. Tishchenko about the principles of self-government in the state farm (synchronously). Part 2. Members of the Tishenko-Shunkov family at the table. V.M. Shunkov sings a song (synchronously). A.V. Tishchenko talks about the life of the peasants during the period of collectivization (behind the scenes). An elderly woman talks about her grandfather, who suffered during this period (synchronously). V.M. Shunkov visits the graves of his relatives. Cross on the grave. Grain elevator. The grain is sieved on a conveyor. Workers hang a banner on the building of the granary with the inscription: "Glory to labor!" Granary. N.P. Tishchenko, A.V. Tishchenko, V.M. Shunkov talk about agriculture after the war (synchronously). Part 3. V.M. Shunkov, N.P. Tishchenko, A.V. Tishchenko are talking at the table (sinhr.) N.P. Tishchenko cleans the barn. N.P. Tishchenko, A.V. Tishchenko, V.M. Shunkov pass through a wheat field. Haystacks on the field. A.V. Tishchenko says that many stupid things were done, many unfounded, harmful recommendations were given to farmers (behind the scenes). Elderly women are dancing in the hut. The accordion player is playing. A man is dancing in a hut. N.P. Tishchenko grazes cows in the meadow, rides a horse. V.M. Shunkov says about perestroika trends in peasant life, that instructions interfere today, that old laws need to be broken (sinhr.). Part 4. A.V. Tishchenko, N.P. Tishchenko, V.M. Shunkov talking in the hut (sinhr.). Announcement: “October 18 general collective farm meeting. Agenda: “Self-government, transition to new forms of management. Candidate of Economic Sciences V.M.Shunkov speaking. Directorate ". Snowy field. Wattle. V.M. Shunkov talks with his former classmate in the hut, says that Yarkul is a tenacious village, many have disappeared, but on the contrary it is strengthening (sinhr.). V.M. Shunkov talks with a native of the village, who is worried that the village is not developing, that the children are leaving (sinhr.) N.P. Tishchenko and the former chairman of the village council, Alexander Spiridonovich, quarrel during the conversation. N.P. Tishchenko accuses him of inaction (sinhr.). N.P. Tishchenko, V.M. Shunkov, Alexander Spiridonovich in the hut at the table. View of a granary in winter. Part 5. V.M. Shunkov in the hall of the House of Culture sits on stage in a half-empty hall. A woman in the audience gives an interview in which she says that she does not understand why people did not come to the meeting (sinhr.). Another woman in the audience says that people only go to a meeting when they show a good film, especially an Indian one (sinhr.). Men are playing billiards. N.P. Tishchenko says that at meetings they usually say the same thing (sinhr.). The woman in the hall says that she always goes to meetings, but nothing changes: there is no light on the street, milkmaids go to the farm in the dark, there are no living conditions (sync.). Another woman says that they cannot speak because they are afraid (sinhr.). The upset face of V.M. Shunkov. Former party organizer and chairman of the village council, Alexander Spiridonovich, says that they used to work harder, lived worse, but this was not the case (sinhr.) V.M. Shunkov, women are dancing in the hut. The accordion player is playing. Banner on the elevator building: "Glory to labor!" V.M. Shchunkov says that he is just another chatterbox for the villagers, and the time for chatterboxes has passed. Specifically it is necessary to advise (sync.). Road sign with the inscription: "State farm" Rodina "V.М. Shunkov is taking the bus home. V.M. Shchunkov says that his condition is difficult, it is sad to part from what you see - his brother should live better, but it doesn’t work out (behind the scenes). N.P. Tishchenko sits on a snow-covered haystack, next to him is a dog. N.P. Tishchenko says that he seemed to have not done something, as if he was guilty before his own (behind the scenes). The grass sways in the wind. Snow on the grass.
V. Solomin
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Number of Parts
B. Travkin
Other Creators
Sound engineer B. Murashkin, editor A. Kosenkov, film director V. Grigoriev
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Has Sound

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