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Arsenal (1929)

 -  Drama | War  -  9 November 1929 (USA)
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Set in the bleak aftermath and devastation of the World War I, a recently demobbed soldier, Timosh, returns to his hometown Kiev, after having survived a train wreck. His arrival coincides ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Semyon Svashenko ...
Timosh, the Ukrainian
Amvrosi Buchma ...
Laughing-Gassed German Soldier
Georgi Khorkov ...
A Red Army Soldier (as G. Khorkov)
Dmitri Erdman ...
A German Officer
Sergey Petrov ...
A German Soldier
M. Mikhajlovsky ...
A Nationalist
Aleksandr Yevdakov ...
Nikolai Kuchinsky ...
Petliura
O. Merlatti ...
Sadovsky (as F. Merlatti)
Nikolai Nademsky ...
Grandpa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luciano Albertini ...
Raffaele
Pyotr Masokha ...
Workman
Les Podorozhnij ...
Pavloo
T. Wagner
Boris Zagorsky ...
Dead Soldier
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Set in the bleak aftermath and devastation of the World War I, a recently demobbed soldier, Timosh, returns to his hometown Kiev, after having survived a train wreck. His arrival coincides with a national celebration of Ukrainian freedom, but the festivities are not to last as a disenchanted. Written by Mr Bongo

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Drama | War

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Release Date:

9 November 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Arsenaal  »

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(Copy with French subtitles at Brussels Musée du Cinéma)

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1.33 : 1
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In a scene early in the film, a soldier lies dead, covered with sand, but the sand can be seen to rise and fall with the actor's breathing. See more »

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Referenced in Historia del cine: Epoca muda (1983) See more »

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Operatic Near-Masterpiece of Agitprop
8 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I call this a near-masterpiece because of the basic purpose of it, which is propaganda. This film exists as agitprop, and while it contains phenomenal and ferocious imagery, ultimately the single-minded viewpoint hobbles it as art and undercuts its slight attempts at humanity. While it can be viewed as a Revolutionary piece, exhorting a 'proper' spirit of energy, knowing it was made by a Ukrainian in 1929 while the Stalinist regime was either plotting or bumbling their way to the Great Famine makes this film deeply questionable in a moral sense. The theme of a Ukrainian learning Revolutionary values in the Great War, then returning to destroy the 'corrupt' forces of 'old Ukraine' made me deeply uneasy. That said, the imagery and sequences in this (quite late) silent film are second to none. The toothless, laughing soldier is one of the most stunning single images ever committed to film; and the general pacing, with a deliberate, lingering sense of time, forces concentration on the set-pieces. Much of the film is brutal, inhuman, and cruel. This is both an accurate representation of the setting itself and of the type of violent us-vs.-them propaganda produced by the Soviets at the time. I find this film VERY unsettling from a moral standpoint, something I don't often find myself saying. But, again, the masterful and stunning imagery makes it well worth viewing more than once.


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