Sergei Eisenstein and Grigori AleksandrovUSSR101 minutes1928B&WSilent
"Probably the high point of Eisenstein's art" (Noël Burch). Little introduction is needed for Eisenstein's towering masterwork, an epic recreation of the events leading up to the Bolshevik victory in 1917, told from a decidedly Marxist point of view. (Although normally based in Moscow, Eisenstein wanted to use the actual Petrograd — i.e., St. Petersburg, i.e., Leningrad — locations where the depicted events took place.) As in historical fiction, the action moves between historical personalities and the unknown masses who, in the film's view, were the true authors of the Revolution. Eisenstein's editing strategies continually emphasize the connections and contradictions that abound in any moment of historical change, challenging the viewer to see beyond the façade of appearances. Rarely have film theory and film practice been brought together so effectively.
Digital restoration courtesy of MK2 and Lobster Films.