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5 /10
Average Rating
8.10 /10
Nikandrov, Vladimir Popov, Boris Livanov
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Directed by: Sergei Eisenstein (pictured)
Written by: Sergei M. Eisenstein, Grigory Alexandrov, based on John Reed's novel The Ten Days That Shook The World

Released: 1927
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: USSR
Colour: BW
Length: 164

Bolsheviks overthrew the Kerensky government in 1917.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Revolutionary epic, worth seeing for the big set-pieces (notably the St Petersburg massacre, the destruction of Alexander III's statue and the storming of the Winter Palace) and daring use of montage, but otherwise over-rated. Eisenstein's use of symbolism is heavy-handed, his attempts at satire are crude, and most of the spectacular sequences are concentrated within the first hour. For political reasons, Eisenstein was persuaded to edit Trotsky out of the proceedings - the result is a bit like the 1953 Bolton-Blackpool Cup Final without any footage of Stanley Matthews. Re-released in 1967, with a Shostakovich soundtrack.

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