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Arsenal (1929)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 9 November 1929 (USA)
A soldier returns to Kiev after surviving a train crash and encounters clashes between nationalists and collectivists.
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Cast

Cast overview:
Semyon Svashenko ... Timosh, the Ukrainian (as S. Svashenko)
Georgi Khorkov Georgi Khorkov ... A Red Army Soldier (as G. Khorkov)
Amvrosi Buchma ... Laughing-Gassed German Soldier (as A. Buchma)
Dmitri Erdman Dmitri Erdman ... A German Officer (as D. Erdman)
Sergey Petrov ... A German Soldier (as S. Petrov)
M. Mikhajlovsky M. Mikhajlovsky ... A Nationalist (as Mikhajlovsky)
Aleksandr Evdakov Aleksandr Evdakov ... Tsar Nikolas II (as A. Evdakov)
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Set in the bleak aftermath and devastation of the World War I, a recently demobbed soldier, Timosh, returns to his hometown Kiev, after having survived a train wreck. His arrival coincides with a national celebration of Ukrainian freedom, but the festivities are not to last as a disenchanted. Written by Mr Bongo

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Drama | War

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian | Ukrainian

Release Date:

9 November 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Арсенал See more »

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Runtime:

(Copy with French subtitles at Brussels Musée du Cinéma)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In a scene early in the film, a soldier lies dead, covered with sand, but the sand can be seen to rise and fall with the actor's breathing. See more »

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Kinetic, shocking, moving.
21 January 2004 | by rob-242See all my reviews

A group of Ukranian soldiers return from World War One to more fighting in the Communist Revolution.

This is an extraordinary, kinetic and moving piece of film making, full of metaphor and of great relevance for people throughout the world today. It isn't necessary to understand the complexities of the times to understand the rich emotional resonance. Particularly innovative is Dovzhenko's use of rhythm and inter-spliced scenes.

I was lucky enough to see a restored version of this at the Cambridge Film Festival 2003, with live musical accompaniment. Particularly memorable scenes are the undefeatable worker, the laughing gas, and the horse team rushing to take a fallen comrade to burial before returning to battle.


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