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In documentary style, events in Petrograd are re-enacted from the end of the monarchy in February of 1917 to the end of the provisional government and the decrees of peace and of land in November of that year. Lenin returns in April. In July, counter-revolutionaries put down a spontaneous revolt, and Lenin's arrest is ordered. By late October, the Bolsheviks are ready to strike: ten days will shake the world. While the Mensheviks vacillate, an advance guard infiltrates the palace. Anatov-Oveyenko leads the attack and signs the proclamation dissolving the provisional government. Written by
Brilliant as cinema, but hard to take politically.
This is a startlingly filmed and remarkably staged piece of cinema - quite brilliant on that level.
But I have to say that this is my least favorite Eisenstein film. The propaganda is laid on so thick, that it is impossible to take any of it seriously - except perhaps that bit where it looks like they really killed a horse for the film!
I'm sure American audiences will hate the sequence where the US ambassador races off in his luxury car, with the cowardly leader of the provisional government in tow.
When you consider the horrible human tragedy that was occurring in the Soviet Union at the time this film was made, and the total betrayal of the Revolution by Stalin, it's hard not to get angry while watching this ludicrous idealisation of the Revolution. The proletariat are betrayed as super-human, the middle-class as sub-human, and Lenin as a god. And the fact that Eisenstein was forced to cut out almost all references to Trotsky is indicative of the hypocrisy of the 1927 regime endorsing this film - supposedly an ode to the liberation of the Russian people from oppression.
A sad film in many ways, when viewed with the knowledge of what happened to the Revolution of 1917, even at the time that this film was being made.
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