"In Peasants, Konstantin Kostich, ACL, has produced a sympathetic and withal entertaining picture of the people of village and farm land in Czechoslovakia and Roumania. Expert photography, an understanding choice of camera angle and workmanlike sequences mark this interesting film study and serve as a vehicle for its outstanding quality — a sincere and attractive presentation of the people as they are, not as they might be made to appear for the sake of motion picture cleverness. Mr. Kostich needs rely only on his own skill and can afford to neglect making a point of what, in dress or custom, might appear to be a strange peculiarity to another people. Unlike many professional travel photographers, he can avoid these obvious aids to sustain interest and can present his peasants on the friendly basis of real understanding. This does not mean that he does not tell a real story; it simply means that he tells it fairly and sincerely and, hence, beautifully." Movie Makers, Dec. 1934, 534.
"Peasants, chosen by this magazine among the Ten Best films of 1934, is but one of the pictures produced by Konstantin Kostich, ACL, now being used by important steamship companies and travel agencies. Mr. Kostich has placed this one reel subject and Finland, in four reels of 16mm. film, with the excellent free loan library service conducted by Cunard White Star, Limited." Movie Makers, May 1935, 219.
The film placed second in a Metropolitan Motion Picture Club members' film contest in 1935 (Movie Makers, Feb. 1935, 89). It also won first place in the "travel and scenic division" of an Eastern seaboard interclub contest in 1935 (Movie Makers, March 1935, 116).
The film was available in the ACL's Club Film Library.
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