MS CINEMA: October. Ten Days that Shook the World
An event accompanying the exhibition The Storming of the Winter Palace. Forensics of an Image.
October: Ten Days that Shook the World from 1927 is the fourth film in the career of Sergei Eisenstein (1898-1948), the Soviet director, experimenter and theoretician.
Some historians believe that the film has gone down in history thanks to the re-enactment of the storming on the Winter Palace - one of those that in public awareness became a real documentary material, not a reconstruction, which it actually was. The filmmakers, in turn, point to the remarkable power of the Eisensteinian concept of editing - the film, although a lot different from the Hollywood classics, is often listed in the Top 10 breakdowns next to Citizen Kane by Orson Welles or Godfather by Francis Ford Coppola. Eisenstein believed that the two elements of the film combined together formed the third meaning. Does this "third meaning" open the space for the imagination, or rather for manipulation? Can a black-and-white, silent movie still have its power and impact nowadays?
director: Sergei M. Eisenstein
screenplay: Grigori Aleksandrov, Sergei M. Eisenstein
world premiere: 20 January 1928