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A few films to mark the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 11:09am by amy

Battleship Potemkin (1925): Generally considered one of the most influential films ever made, Sergei Eisenstein's silent Soviet-era classic depicts the 1905 revolt onboard the Potemkin that inspired the October Revolution.

Dr. Zhivago (1965): David Lean's controversial, lush interpretation of Boris Pasternak's novel pits star-crossed lovers Omar Sharif and Julie Christie against the Russian Revolution.

The Last Command (1928): A Tsarist general, played by the famous silent film actor Emil Jannings, flees Russia after the Bolsheviks come to power and ends up a as bit player in Hollywood.

Nicholas and Alexandra (1971): An intimate study of the hapless Tsar Nicholas II, overthrown and exiled to Siberia with his family.

October: 10 Days That Shook The World (1927): This silent documentary-style Soviet-era classic about the events leading up to the October Revolution is, like Battleship Potemkin, famous for its inventive use of montage imagery.

Reds (1981): Warren Beatty's lifelong project tackles the Russian Revolution through the eyes of John Reed, the American journalist who went to Russia and wrote Ten Days That Shook The World.


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