Time, Forward!

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Time, Forward!
Directed by Sofiya Milkina
Mikhail Shveytser
Written by Valentin Kataev
Mikhail Shveytser
Starring Sergei Yursky
Leonid Kuravlyov
Inna Gulaya
Music by Georgy Sviridov
Cinematography Naum Ardashnikov
Yuri Gantman
Release dates 1965
Running time 158 minutes
Country Soviet Union
Language Russian

Time, Forward! (Russian: Время, вперёд!, Vremya, vperyod!) is a 1965 Soviet drama film directed by Sofiya Milkina and Mikhail Shveytser based on a novel with the same name and a screenplay by Valentin Katayev. Composer Georgy Sviridov, sound by Lev Trakhtenberg. Production by Mosfilm by the order of Goskino.

The title is derived from Vladimir Mayakovsky's play Banya (Russian: Баня).

Plot summary[edit]

The action takes place in the 1930s. The film describes one day of the construction work of Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (or Magnitka). Movie characters - simple construction workers and members of Komsomol (young communist organization) who are eager to work. Learning that their colleagues in Kharkov have set a record, they are mobilized in order to beat them. Everyone at construction site has embraced big socialist competition. They are ready to win at any cost to speed up construction and complete the work on time. Moscow journalist who came to cover the scope of the great construction project, seeking a hero of his reportage ...



Sviridov's main theme for the film was one of the most recognizable music pieces of the Soviet era, and became a sort of calling card for the Soviet Union itself. Since 1986 it was used as the signature tune of Vremya, the TV news program on USSR Central Television and Russian Channel One (although the tune has been re-orchestrated a few times since then). It was also used as the opening theme for the four-part Channel 4 documentary Spitfire Ace in Great Britain.

The theme has been used in subsequent films, most notably Theodore Ushev's Tower Bawher and Guy Maddin's The Heart of the World. It was performed at the close of the 2010 Olympic ceremony in Vancouver, conducted live by Valery Gergiev, to present the 2014 Winter Olympics, which were held in Sochi, Russia.[1]

The Vremya theme from Sviridov's Time, Forward! was used at considerable length in the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, during the scene depicting national industrialization and the collectivization of agriculture in the Soviet Union. The dancers wore identical red and black costumes to signify conformity to the state while they interacted with huge figurative tractors, giant ditch-diggers, gears, and similar engine parts.[2]


  1. ^ Sochi takes over from Vancouver as next Winter Olympics host city, Voice of Russia, March 1, 2010.
  2. ^ NBC 2014 Winter Olympic Games video replay at 2:51:50 February 7, 2014.

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