Arsenal (1928)

Imaginative tour-de-force by the great Soviet writer/director Alexander Dovzhenko, who uses a barrage of poetic, surreal images to depict the repression of a strike in the Ukraine during the final year of World War I.

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.

Jason Anderson

One of cinema's most harrowing portraits of warfare.

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