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20 January 1928 (Soviet Union) See more »
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In documentary style, events in Petrograd are re-enacted from the end of the monarchy in February of... See more » | Full synopsis »
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an early Soviet classic of visuals that should be seen by anyone serious about editing See more (45 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Nikolay Popov ... Kerenskiy
Vasili Nikandrov ... V.I. Lenin
Layaschenko ... Konovalov
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chibisov ... Skobolev
Boris Livanov ... Terestsenko
Mikholyev ... Kishkin
Nikolai Padvoisky ... Bolshevik (as N. Podvoisky)
Smelsky ... Verderevsky

Eduard Tisse ... German Soldier

Directed by
Grigori Aleksandrov  (as G. Aleksandrov)
Sergei M. Eisenstein  (as S. M. Eisenstein)
 
Writing credits
Sergei M. Eisenstein (written by) (as S. M. Eisenstein) and
Grigori Aleksandrov (written by) (as G. Aleksandrov)

Boris Agapow (intertitles) (as B. Agapov)

John Reed (book)

Original Music by
Edmund Meisel 
Dmitri Shostakovich 
 
Cinematography by
Eduard Tisse 
 
Film Editing by
Esfir Tobak  (as E. Tobak)
 
Art Direction by
A. Alekseev 
Vasili Kovrigin 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mikhail Gomorov .... assistant director (as M. Gomorov)
Maksim Shtraukh .... assistant director (as M. Shtraukh)
Ilya Trauberg .... assistant director (as I. Trauberg)
 
Sound Department
V. Babushkin .... sound
V. Ladygin .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Viktor Maslennikov .... camera operator (as V. Maslennikov)
Vladimir Nilsen .... assistant camera
Vladimir Popov .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
E. Kotov .... contributing editor
 
Music Department
A. Kholodilin .... music consultant
Frank Strobel .... conductor
 
Other crew
I. Mints .... consulting professor
Nikolai Padvoisky .... commissioner (as N.I. Podvoiski)
 

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Also Known As:
"Oktyabr" - Soviet Union (original title)
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Runtime:
Finland:103 min | Sweden:104 min | USA:95 min | Finland:142 min (2007 restored version) | 127 min (20 fps) | Spain:115 min (DVD special edition)
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.See more »
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Revealing mistakes: The Bolshevik revolutionary killed by the mob can be seen blinking his eyes after dead.See more »
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V.I. Lenin:Long live the revolutionary soldiers and workers who have overthrown the Monarchy! No support for the Provisional Government! Long live the Socialist Revolution!See more »
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Referenced in The Goebbels Experiment (2005)See more »

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23 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
an early Soviet classic of visuals that should be seen by anyone serious about editing, 3 August 2006
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

I think that Sergei Eisenstein, who has (rightfully) been credited as one of the grandfathers of modern cinema, is sometimes forgotten as someone who can really direct great epic scenes along with making them expertly edited. The filmmaker here knows he's pushing along an ideology, one that is not only encouraged but all but required of him to give to the public. But he also knows that to put out the message there needs to be some conviction, surprise, something to catch eyes as the information's already known. Perhaps even to a greater extent than Battleship Potemkin, October: Ten Days That Shook the World puts on display a director with total confidence not only in his flourishing, insistent style, but in that of his mostly non-professional actors, crowds, real-locations, sets, and his crew. It's one of the most assured pieces of silent film-making I've ever seen, and it's taken a few viewings to take in everything in one sitting (I ended up watching half an hour, and then sitting back trying to remember everything I just saw, or thought I saw).

Some uses of montage in the film- make that most if not all- rival those of even the better editors working in commercials and music videos today. Like those editors, they're working with images meant to be dynamic and to the point. Here it's the story of the 1917 Bolshevik revolution in Russia, where Lenin took control of the reigns of the provisional government with left the country at a stand-still in poverty. Or, at least, that's how the film would definitely lead things onto. Watching a film like this and seeing 100% accuracy is irrelevant. But watching it to get a sense of what cinema is supposed to- and can do- with tricky subject matter, is completely worthwhile. Some of these scenes are just pure masterpieces of crowd control; when the people mass together in the town square, for example, one might immediately think of the Odessa stairs from Potemkin. Here, however, there's more than one chance for such operatic takes on harsh realities. The beginning- where they tear down the statue- is striking enough. But just watch when the crowd has to disperse and runs around early on in the film, or especially the storming of the Winter Palace. Could you do the same material with computers today? More than likely, but not with the same conviction and 'this-was-really-happening' feel that a camera (recreating) on the scene could get. And, sometimes, as when the monument/statue gets 'put back together', it's almost amusing but still convincing of what the medium can do.

And soon enough Eisenstein reaches his climax, the immense lot of 10 days that brought the country to a peak of change and possible prosperity for its people. It's like October for the Russian people of the time is like a thousand or so snapshots of that time and place in the world. The one point that Eisenstein poses for his viewers- not just for his of-the-period silent film crowd but for those watching today- is that he is not making it boring for those who can give themselves to the images, the moments taken with some shots more than others. Anyone getting into editing, I think, should see at least some of Eisenstein's films to get an idea of where the smoke of post-modern film-making generated. October is probably one of his prime examples; if you want to watch it for purely historical or political contexts it may be hit or miss depending on point of view, but it is hard to see as a misfire in telling a story using spectacular and imaginative compositions with the frame, lighting, and with specific, profound musical accompaniment by Edmund Meisel.

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