October (Ten Days that Shook the World) (1928)
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Critic Reviews for October (Ten Days that Shook the World)
The film remains an interesting oddity rather than entertaining or illuminating. Indeed, watching it today can seem hard work.
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.
An arty experimental pic filled with rousing spectacles and intellectual montages.
leaves us far more memorable montages than anything that modern copycat filmmakers have created
Though indisputably dazzling (and wearying) in its cinematics and its display of Eisenstein's pioneering editing techniques, October is simplistic propaganda.
Somewhat hard to watch today, but still worth a look if only to wonder at the impressive and masterful way in which Eistenstein uses the camera.
Audience Reviews for October (Ten Days that Shook the World)
Eisenstein's mastery is still apparent when telling an historical story, but the compelling aspect of it decreased throughout as the convolution increased to the point of being lost. (B-) (Full review coming soon)
October is a silent film from Russia that is mostly still notable because of some of the most advanced editing and camerawork of its time. The story is just another Battleship Potemkin (of course the same director is at the helm) but the story is so dated an unengaging that keeping your mind on the film and not something else winds up being a big task.
[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]
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