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Arsenal (1929)

Not Rated  |   |  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 ...
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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Aspect Ratio:

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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A rather interesting film to watch
26 February 2015 | by (Venezuela) – See all my reviews

My rating: 6.0/10

My opinion on the film:

My scarce knowledge about Soviet and Ukrainian history didn't permit me to understand the plot, details about the players involved, and the characters' motivations as well as I would have liked to; nevertheless, all things considered, Arsenal is a rather interesting film to watch. It had a frantic pace and the entire movie could easily serve as an exhibit of truly impressive and ahead-of-its-time camera work and editing techniques.

I think I would have liked it as whole had I been more familiar with the historical context the events it depicted were framed in. What's blatantly manifest is that it was made with propagandistic purposes, something I dislike completely, but I felt so lost in it that I wouldn't even know in favor of whom it was exactly.


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