October (Ten Days that Shook the World) Reviews

  • Jan 30, 2021

    All the Eisenstein hallmarks are there - the fast pace, the intimately framed shots, the angles, the violence, the Soviet Party-sanctioned storylines, and of course no shortage of frequent edits and montage style that the director is credited with pioneering. It's sweeping, large scale, and has plenty of creative imagery that you wouldn't expect in a cut-and-dry propaganda rehash of the founding of a nation in defiance of centuries of class conflict; the state clearly opened plenty of doors for the director to take advantage of plenty of practical resources that a conventional filmmaker of the period would not have had. But it is still a propaganda docudrama and feels like it all too much at times, relying on the kindred spirit of a proper son or daughter of the Revolution to carry itself, as well as a particular knowledge of some of the secondary conflicts of the period that would have been fresh in the minds of Soviet citizens a decade on, but just don't hit as well a century and half a world later (which is perfectly alright; I was not the target audience). October is absolutely not a boring film, clearly maintaining a distinctive style and a rapid pace, it's just a bit more academic. (3.5/5)

    All the Eisenstein hallmarks are there - the fast pace, the intimately framed shots, the angles, the violence, the Soviet Party-sanctioned storylines, and of course no shortage of frequent edits and montage style that the director is credited with pioneering. It's sweeping, large scale, and has plenty of creative imagery that you wouldn't expect in a cut-and-dry propaganda rehash of the founding of a nation in defiance of centuries of class conflict; the state clearly opened plenty of doors for the director to take advantage of plenty of practical resources that a conventional filmmaker of the period would not have had. But it is still a propaganda docudrama and feels like it all too much at times, relying on the kindred spirit of a proper son or daughter of the Revolution to carry itself, as well as a particular knowledge of some of the secondary conflicts of the period that would have been fresh in the minds of Soviet citizens a decade on, but just don't hit as well a century and half a world later (which is perfectly alright; I was not the target audience). October is absolutely not a boring film, clearly maintaining a distinctive style and a rapid pace, it's just a bit more academic. (3.5/5)

  • Sep 29, 2019

    Not as impressive as the stairs scene of Potemkin, but the strength of images, and reflection about an historical time, also impact.

    Not as impressive as the stairs scene of Potemkin, but the strength of images, and reflection about an historical time, also impact.

  • Jan 15, 2018

    1001 movies to see before you die. Another socialist propaganda piece.

    1001 movies to see before you die. Another socialist propaganda piece.

  • Nov 19, 2016

    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.

    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.

  • Jan 11, 2016

    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.

    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.

  • Oct 09, 2015

    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)

    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)

  • Oct 29, 2014

    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.

    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.

  • Oct 17, 2014

    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.

    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.

  • May 04, 2014

    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.

    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.

  • Jul 08, 2013

    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

    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