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Mother (Pudovkin, 1926) The objective correlative: spring

by Michael Frierson

V.I. Pudovkin, the famous Russian director, writes about this scene:

"In Mother, I try to affect the spectators, not by the psychological performances of an actor, but by plastic synthesis through editing. The son sits in prison. Suddenly, passed in to him surreptitiously, he receives a note that next day he is to be set free. The problem was the expression, filmically, of his joy. The photographing of a face lighting up with joy would have been flat and void of effect. I show, therefore, the nervous play of his hands and a big close-up of the lower half of his face, the corners of the smile. The shots I cut in with other and varied material—shots of a brook, swollen with the rapid flow of spring, of the play of sunlight broken on the water, birds splashing in the village pond, and finally a laughing child. By the junction of these components our expression of ‘prisoner’s joy’ takes shape."

Mother (Pudovkin, 1926) The objective correlative: spring

V.I. Pudovkin writes about the use of plastic material (aka, objective correlative) in this scene from Mother.

from Mother (1926)
Creator: V. I. Pudovkin
Distributor: Mezhrabpom (Russia), Video Yesteryear (USA)
Posted by Michael Frierson