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Arsenal (1929)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 9 November 1929 (USA)
A soldier returns to Kiyv after surviving a train crash and encounters clashes between nationalists and collectivists.
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Cast overview:
Semyon Svashenko ... Timosh, the Ukrainian (as S. Svashenko)
Georgi Khorkov Georgi Khorkov ... A Red Army Soldier (as G. Khorkov)
Amvrosi Buchma ... Laughing-Gassed German Soldier (as A. Buchma)
Dmitri Erdman Dmitri Erdman ... A German Officer (as D. Erdman)
Sergey Petrov ... A German Soldier (as S. Petrov)
M. Mikhajlovsky M. Mikhajlovsky ... A Nationalist (as Mikhajlovsky)
Aleksandr Evdakov Aleksandr Evdakov ... Tsar Nikolas II (as A. Evdakov)


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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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 »


Referenced in La Chinoise (1967) See more »

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Arsenal review!!
13 September 2005 | by SpuzzlightyearSee all my reviews

Another montage crazy film by the Russians here. Instead of Eisenstein laying it on thick, we have Alexander Dovzshenko getting into the act with 'Arsenal'. A film about, yes, the oppression of the people against the state! Instead of the Russians, this time we the Ukrainians becoming oppressed. Mainly set in a arsenal factory (!!) the people fight the threat of Government interference! Set to a frenetic score, Arsenal sure must have kept the editors busy with many crazy jump cuts going at a frenetic pace. What does it all mean? Not 100% sure, as some of the obvious symbolism just flew right by me. It's an OK movie if you're into that sort of stuff. (You know who you are).

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Release Date:

9 November 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Арсенал See more »

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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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