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Arsenal (1929)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 9 November 1929 (USA)
A soldier returns to Kiev after surviving a train crash and encounters clashes between nationalists and collectivists.
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Cast

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)
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Storyline

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 »

Connections

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

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Brilliant, multi-layered masterpiece
2 September 2007 | by sean4554See all my reviews

For several years I had a decent quality print on video and was always fascinated by this film. Very few motion pictures are as visually striking and intense, but little of the story came through. I just purchased the DVD and the audio commentary track by Vance Kepley really illuminated "Arsenal". Undoubtedly the finest commentary I've yet heard. If this classic movie isn't your cup of tea, get the DVD anyway. Dovzhenko was an artist like few others. His work really deserves rediscovery; hopefully future releases of "Zvenigora", "Earth" and "Aerograd" will have Kepley's commentary as well. But even as they are, Dovzhenko's films are truly essential.


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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

None | Russian

Release Date:

9 November 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Арсенал See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Copy with French subtitles at Brussels Musée du Cinéma)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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