Arsenal (1928)

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… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1928
DVD Release Date: February 11, 2003
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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

A work of a thousand images which blends the historical and the mythical along with the raw and the formalized

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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It set a standard for other film-makers to reach.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Represents the summit of Soviet cinema and remains one of the most poetic and visually beautiful of all Russian films.

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Jason Anderson

One of cinema's most harrowing portraits of warfare.

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