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.
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NR
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Art House & International , Classics , Drama
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First National Pictures

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Cast

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

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

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

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 26, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Full Review… | December 3, 2009
Old School Reviews

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

Full Review… | August 28, 2006
TV Guide

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.

Full Review… | May 24, 2003
Film4

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)

Kyle Mobray
Kyle Mobray
½

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.

Jonathan Porras
Jonathan Porras

[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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