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Ten Days That Shook The World (1927)

Ten Days That Shook The World (1927)

Vasiliy Nikandrov
Director: Grigory Alexandrov, Sergei Eisenstein Cast: Vasiliy Nikandrov
Vasiliy Nikandrov
, N. Popov
N. Popov
Grigory Alexandrov, Sergei Eisenstein,


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Borrowing its title from a book by American journalist John Reed (of Reds fame), Sergei Eisenstein's Ten Days That Shook the World reenacts the crucial week-and-a-half in October, 1918, when the Russian Kerensky regime was toppled by the Bolsheviks. While Eisenstein takes certain liberties in characterization--those opposing the Bolsheviks are depicted as mental defectives or grossly overweight clowns--his re-creation of such events as the storming of the Winter Palace are painstakingly meticulous. The "actor" playing Lenin, a nonprofessional worker named Nikandrov, so closely resembles the genuine article that the effect is positively eerie. So authentic is Eisenstein's reconstruction of events that, for years, TV documentaries have been passing off clips from Ten Days That Shook the World as "actual" scenes of the Revolution. While impressive on a technical level, the film never truly stirs the audience's emotions; Eisenstein purists have argued that this "alienation" technique was the director's intention all along, forcing the viewer to observe the events intellectually rather than emotionally. Produced in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the October Revolution, Ten Days That Shook the World was initially titled October.

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Product Details

Release Date: 05/29/2012
UPC: 0842614100758
Original Release: 1927
Source: Grapevine Video
Sales rank: 2,234

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vasiliy Nikandrov Lenin
N. Popov Kerensky
Boris Livanov Minister Tereshchenko
Eduard K. Tissé A German

Technical Credits
Grigory Alexandrov Director,Asst. Director,Screenwriter
Sergei Eisenstein Director,Screenwriter
Mikhail Gomorov Asst. Director
Edmund Meisel Score Composer
V. Popov Cinematographer
Maxim Shtraukh Asst. Director
Eduard K. Tissé Cinematographer
Illya Trauberg Asst. Director

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