October (or Oktyabr) is a 1927 silent historical film directed by Sergei Eisenstein, based on the events of the October Revolution in Russia in 1917. The film was commissioned by the Soviet government to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the revolution.
The film depicts the events leading up to and during the October Revolution, including the overthrow of the Provisional Government, the storming of the Winter Palace, and the establishment of Soviet power. The film’s themes emphasize the role of the masses in the revolution and the importance of collective action.
Eisenstein employed his signature montage technique to create a dynamic and dramatic portrayal of the revolution, with striking visual imagery and symbolism. The film features a large ensemble cast, with notable performances by Nikolai Popov as Lenin and Boris Livanov as Trotsky.
October was a significant achievement in the history of Soviet cinema, and it is regarded as a masterpiece of early Soviet filmmaking. Its innovative approach to filmmaking influenced generations of filmmakers around the world, and it remains a landmark in the history of cinema.
Grigoriy Aleksandrov, Sergei Eisenstein
Sergei Eisenstein, Grigoriy Aleksandrov, John Reed
Boris Livanov, Nikolay Popov, Vasili Nikandrov