October (Oktyabr)

  • Dir: Sergei Eisenstein, Grigori Aleksandrov

  • Soviet Union, 1928, Silent with Score, 101 mins, DCP

  • Cast: Boris Livanov, Nikolay Popov

Another work commissioned for the 10th anniversary of the October Revolution; Eisenstein’s vision of these events, including the storming of the Winter Palace, has become the historical materials of subsequent generations. While this commission recognized the impact of Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin, some critics at the time found the film too formalist and theoretical to connect with the masses. A century after the events and 90 years after the birth of the film, how do we separate images and events when the former have such power?

Further Readings:
October, From 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die by Steven Jay Schneider (N.Y: Barron’s, 2003)
October, From Masters of the Soviet Cinema: Crippled Creative Biographies by Herbert Marshall (London ; Boston : Routledge & K. Paul, 1983.)

Screening:

Note

1. Unless otherwise stated, all films (except English-speaking films) are subtitled in English.

2. Screenings at HK Science Museum: There is no URBTIX Outlet at the venue. Tickets are available at URBTIX till one hour prior to respective screenings. Door ticket counter opens 30 minutes before the screening. Limited tickets to non-sold out screenings will be available at the door, subject to availability (Cash Only).

3. While it is the HKIFF’s policy to secure the best possible print of the original version for all its screenings, HKIFF will appreciate its patrons’ understanding on occasions when less than perfect screening copies are screened.