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Arsenal (1928)




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The Arsenal features Semyon Svashenko as Tyrnish, a humble Ukranian soldier. Through Tyrnish's experiences we are permitted to witness the incredible social upheavals of the World War I years which led to the Russian revolution. The film's setpiece is the 1918 Kiev worker's rebellion. The White Russian troops are clearly the villains of the piece--faceless automatons who blindly follow orders while flesh-and-blood types like Tyrnsh suffer hope, fear and anguish. Arsenal was the first of Alexandre Dovzhenko's Ukraine trilogy, followed by Earth (1930) and Ivan (1932). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: PG
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Alexander Dovzhenko
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On DVD: Feb 11, 2003

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Although one is impelled to be in thorough sympathy with its argument against war, one cannot but help feeling that one-fourth of the footage of this production would be ample for one sitting.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

More clearly influenced by Sergei Eisenstein than any of Dovzhenko's other pictures, it's certainly the one that uses fast editing in the most exciting fashion.

Full Review… | March 13, 2003
Chicago Reader
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Represents the summit of Soviet cinema and remains one of the most poetic and visually beautiful of all Russian films.

Full Review… | June 13, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A work of a thousand images which blends the historical and the mythical along with the raw and the formalized

Full Review… | November 20, 2011

It set a standard for other film-makers to reach.

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

One of cinema's most harrowing portraits of warfare.

Full Review… | March 13, 2003

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