October

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Released 1927

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Director:
Sergei M. Eisenstein
Released:
1927
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October is a 1928 silent film about the October Revolution that swept Russia in 1917. It was commissioned by the Soviet government for the tenth anniversary of the Bolshevik takeover of the provisional government of Alexander Kerensky. Using montage shots, which director Sergei Eisenstein pioneered, October eschews traditional narrative and tells the story of the revolution using symbols and quick cuts, without following a central character. The film opens with a shot of the symbols of Tsarist Russia, with a crown, an imperial globe and a scepter. This is juxtaposed against shots of the starving peasants who eventually pull down a statue of the Tsar, ushering in the socialist provisional government led by Kerensky. Eventually that government, too, is toppled by Soviet forces. Part-history, part-Soviet propaganda, many shots of this film were edited or censored in the United States when it was released. October features a soundtrack added in 1966 by the celebrated Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovitch.

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Arts, Drama

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Film History & Film Making, Classics, Foreign Language, Social Issues, Historical