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Not as impressive as the stairs scene of Potemkin, but the strength of images, and reflection about an historical time, also impact.
1001 movies to see before you die. Another socialist propaganda piece.
A touchstone of biographical filmmaking, Eisenstein's re-creation of the Russian revolution is beautifully intense and intensely beautiful. With early-form jump cuts, overlapping frames, and subtly stunning performances (the faces of scared soldiers), it works as both a straight historical account and as an ahead-of-its-time experiment. Would be easier to follow and (therefore) easier to engage with if I only knew more about the uprising, yet it still found its way into my psyche.
If you are not exceptionally familiar with the Russian Revolution you might find yourself lost sometimes in names and events. Nevertheless the movie is quite interesting, not even for historical reasons, but for taking lessons in film montage! Eisenstein's October must have been more exciting and thrilling that the actual October of 1917.
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-)
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At times confusing for someone, such has I, who is not intimately knowledgeable of the history surrounding the Russian revolution this movie is dramatic, uses excitement building editing (intellectual montage) and gains one's support.
Some movies need a history lesson to properly appreciate it. This one requires it. I do find it interesting, however, that the most Soviet of directors used an American's book as the source for this stylized docu-drama of the Bolshevik Revolution.
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.
A well.done.drama slash fitictious acount of the 1918 reveloution. If you dont know much about the history the film will seem long.and boring
It is impossible leave watching the screen during 64 min, something amazing !