Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The Russian Life in Bloom is the biography of famed horticultural expert Ivan Michurin. The story traces Michurin's life from its humble beginnings to his eventual development of over 300 new plant varieties. The film manages to rabbet in a little propaganda, suggesting that Michurin could never have achieved his cross-breeding miracles without the support and encouragement of the Bolshevik revolutionaries. Grigori Belov stars as Michurin, while Feodor Grigoriev portrays the hero's chief rival, Professor Kartashov. Life in Bloom is sumptuously produced in color, with a heroic musical score by no less than Dmitri Shostakovich. The film was co-directed by Alexander Dovshenko and his actress-wife Yula Solntseva, though Solnsteva receives sole directorial credit.