October (Ten Days that Shook the World) (1928)

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Better known as October and/or Ten Days That Shook the World this Sergei Eisenstein classic re-creates the final days of the Soviet Revolution. While simplistic stereotypical characterizations keep the film from becoming involving on an emotional level, the spectacle and visuals are typically brilliant and complex.

Cast

Vladimir Popov
as Aleksandr Kerensky
Boris Livanov
as Terestsenko
Nikolay Popov
as Kerensky
Chibisov
as Skobolev
Smelsky
as Minister Verderevsky
Nikolay Podvoyskiy
as Bolshevik Podvoisky
Eduard Tisse
as German Soldier
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Critic Reviews for October (Ten Days that Shook the World)

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

The film remains an interesting oddity rather than entertaining or illuminating. Indeed, watching it today can seem hard work.

Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Much of the montage is reductive and static, but some of the action scenes are genuinely stirring -- when he wasn't editorializing, the man really could cut film.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

No book, picture or play could have given a more realistic impression of those days of bloodshed and horror: one was literally exhausted by the emotions experienced in watching it, for there was no light relief and the realism was relentlessly sustained.

Mar 13, 2018 | Full Review…

An arty experimental pic filled with rousing spectacles and intellectual montages.

Apr 27, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

leaves us far more memorable montages than anything that modern copycat filmmakers have created

Dec 3, 2009 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Though indisputably dazzling (and wearying) in its cinematics and its display of Eisenstein's pioneering editing techniques, October is simplistic propaganda.

Aug 28, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for October (Ten Days that Shook the World)

[font=Century Gothic][color=red]October(or Ten Days that Shook the World) is a powerful, passionate, exciting reenactment of the 1917 Revolution from the fall of the Tsar to the storming of the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg. This was directed by Sergei Eisenstein on the tenth anniversary of the Soviet Revolution. I'm not an expert on Russian history, so I cannot really comment on its accuracy but I can say that it does favor Stalin's worldview - it does slight Trotsky at one point and I think it's unfair to think of Kerensky wanting to be a new Tsar, when his worst sin was not pulling Russia out of World War I, which would have given the country a chance to recover.[/color][/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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I imagine I would of enjoyed this more if I had better knowledge of the Russian Revolution. Still, this is very nicely edited and very much feels like a documentary. Anyone seriously interested in film and the birth of modern cinema should see this. I just wish that I didn't have to miss out on some of the dialogue (white subtitles on white background does not work!)

Emily B.
Emily B.

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