Film: Eisenstein’s ‘October’


OCTOBER: TEN DAYS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD is a 1928 Soviet silent propaganda film by Sergei Eisenstein and Grigori Aleksandrov, sometimes referred to simply as October in English.  Nearly two hours long, it is a celebratory dramatization of the 1917 October Revolution. The title is taken from John Reed’s book on the Revolution, ‘Ten Days That Shook The World.’ Nikolai Podvoisky, one of the troika who led the storming of the Winter Palace, was responsible for the commission. The scene of the storming was based more on the 1920 re-enactment involving Vladimir Lenin and thousands of Red Guards, witnessed by 100,000 spectators, than the original occasion, which was far less photogenic. This scene is notable because it became the legitimate, historical depiction of the storming of the Winter Palace owing to the lack of print or film documenting the actual event, which led historians and filmmakers to use Eisenstein’s recreation. This illustrates October’s success as a propaganda film. In 1966, Dimitri Shostakovich wrote a new soundtrack for the film. ACCESS HERE