May 13, 2020
As a photographic record of the reconstructed events of the Russian Revolution it is superb. As a dynamic narrative -- as a cinematic drama -- it is loosely connected, jerky, and often flat.
Apr 9, 2020
Display(s) a real passion for the plight of the proletariat, feeling less like propaganda and more like communist apologia, focusing less on the politics of the Bolsheviks and more on the basis for the Revolution in the first place.
Apr 3, 2020
Part of Pudovkin's talent lies in his ability to position individual characters as both audience surrogates and instructors by example.
Mar 13, 2018
The Russians have certainly an eye for significant and symbolical detail in their cinema production.
Nov 12, 2017
Propaganda, yes, but enormously artful propaganda... works like gangbusters as melodramatic hokum.