October (Ten Days that Shook the World) 1928

October

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The October Revolution of 1917 is presented in this documentary-like Soviet silent film. Beginning with the crumbling of the Russian monarchy, the production depicts the growing conflicts at Petrograd, with Soviet hero V.I. Lenin (Vasili Nikandrov) leading the rebellion that results in the overthrow of the tsar's Winter Palace. In addition to its historically rooted narrative, the film is renowned for its inventive use of striking montage imagery.

Cast & Crew

Layaschenko
Konovalov
Chibisov
Skobolev
Mikholyev
Kishkin
Smelsky
Verderevsky
Nikolai Padvoisky
Bolshevik
John Reed
Writer (Book)
Albert Band
Original Music
Edmund Meisel
Original Music
Valdimir Nilsen
Cinematographer
Vladimir Popov
Cinematographer
Eduard Tisse
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Critic Reviews for October (Ten Days that Shook the World)

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (1)

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

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    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.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • Ten Days That Shook the World is replete with magnificent scenes of mass movement, with amazingly observed characters (a gallery of types that can never be forgotten), and with extremely striking and beautiful camera shots.

    February 21, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Few films are as full of cinematographic suggestions as October, still admirable today. [Full Review in Spanish]

    July 26, 2019 | 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.

    March 13, 2018 | Full Review…
  • An arty experimental pic filled with rousing spectacles and intellectual montages.

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

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

  • May 12, 2010
    [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 Super Reviewer
  • Apr 01, 2010
    Powerful. Even though it's a reenactment of the October Revolution, it has the sense of a documentary, and it fully captures the spirit and the most important events during this important period in Russian History.
    Liolia K Super Reviewer
  • Apr 23, 2008
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Dec 21, 2007
    The struggle of socialism over capitalism, the fall of the burgueois power and ten days that shook the world, especially in the Soviet Union.Editing and directing at their maximum capacities, ranking among the top of any list of silent celluloid collaborations. Another propagandistic masterpiece by extremely patriotic and genious Eisenstein. 99/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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