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The Arsenal features Semyon Svashenko as Tyrnish, a humble Ukranian soldier. Through Tyrnish's experiences we are permitted to witness the incredible social upheavals of the World War I years which led to the Russian revolution. The film's setpiece is the 1918 Kiev worker's rebellion. The White Russian troops are clearly the villains of the piece--faceless automatons who blindly follow orders while flesh-and-blood types like Tyrnsh suffer hope, fear and anguish. Arsenal was the first of Alexandre Dovzhenko's Ukraine trilogy, followed by Earth (1930) and Ivan (1932). ~ Hal… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Although one is impelled to be in thorough sympathy with its argument against war, one cannot but help feeling that one-fourth of the footage of this production would be ample for one sitting."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"A work of a thousand images which blends the historical and the mythical along with the raw and the formalized"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"More clearly influenced by Sergei Eisenstein than any of Dovzhenko's other pictures, it's certainly the one that uses fast editing in the most exciting fashion."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It set a standard for other film-makers to reach."
‑ , Film4
"Represents the summit of Soviet cinema and remains one of the most poetic and visually beautiful of all Russian films."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"One of cinema's most harrowing portraits of warfare."
‑ Jason Anderson, eye WEEKLY
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