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Eisenstein's October


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October by Sergei Eisenstein - (Enhanced) 1928 - Oktyabr

Also known as Ten Days That Shook the World, October was commissioned by the Soviet government and was filmed to commemorate the ten year anniversary of the 1917 October Revolution. Filmed in documentary style, it depicts events starting with the end of the monarchy in February 1917 through the Revolution in October.

When the Soviet government commissioned two movies to be made about the October Revolution, Sergei Eisenstein was chosen to head up one due to his enormous success with The Battleship Potemkin. Eisenstein used more of his ground-breaking film techniques to pull the viewer into the movie. Although a silent film, the musical score and the cinematography combine to create a film strong in emotion.

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One of the finest examples of intellectual montage, consisting of more than 3,200 shots in its 103 minutes, TEN DAYS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD has been described as a Constructivist poster come to life. Again working from a commission by Lenin, in this case, to make a film commemorating the 10th anniversary of the overthrow of the Kerensky government by the Bolsheviks, Sergei Eisenstein saw it as an opportunity to push his montage experiments to the limit. Focusing on the crucial events from February through October 1917, the director treats Lenin (Vasili Nikandrov) with hagiographical reverence while satirizing the opponents of the Bolsheviks as obese clowns or idiots, using visual metaphors of an extraordinary variety and richness. Kerensky's (Nikolai Popov) strutting narcissism is illustrated by a cut to a mechanical peacock. Shots of officials of the provisional government are intercut with Japanese and African masks, Haitian voodoo idols, and sacred Chinese statuary. Perhaps most memorable is the image of the white horse dangling from the open St. Petersburg drawbridge, a bridge whose raised sections Eisenstein compared to the arms of a dying man, as a massacre unfolds on the ground. Like nearly all the director's work, this dizzyingly encyclopedic inventory of montage technique is as much a register of his unique sensibility as it as a piece of propaganda. --Rotten Tomatoes

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  • Actors: Vladimir Popov
  • Directors: Sergei Eisenstein
  • Format: Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Surround Sound
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Triad Productions Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: December 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B001NZ2AXQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,925 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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