- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 10 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: February 11, 2003
- Originally Released: 1929
- Label: Image Entertainment
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital Mono - Russian
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: Vance Kepley - Film Historian/Author
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Description by OLDIES.com:
represents the avant-garde masterpiece of the renowned Ukrainian director. Dovzhenko employs the most elliptical and complex montage style of any of the Soviet masters in this treatment of events from the Ukrainian Civil War.
Based on an actual incident from 1918, the film's story concerns a group of Ukrainian Bolsheviks who battle against counter-revolutionary nationalist troops in Kiev. The Bolsheviks put up an Alamo-like defense of their cause inside the city's Arsenal munitions plant.
Outnumbered by the nationalist troops, the defenders are overrun and defeated in the climactic battle, but their revolutionary spirit prevails. The story outline can only suggest the formal complexity of this film. Dovzhenko mixes elements from traditional Ukrainian folklore with modernist film techniques in a dazzling collage.
Based around an actual event that occurred in the Ukranian Civil War, ARSENAL is an important addition to the complex, montage-based works of director Alexander Dovzhenko. An outnumbered group of Bolsheviks defend their besieged city from invading nationalist troops; Hiding out in the city's munitions plant (The "Arsenal" to which the title refers), the battle rages to an intense conclusion, with all of Dovzhenko's dizzying skills as a director employed to stunning effect.
Description by Image Entertainment:
This avant-garde masterpiece from renowned Ukranian director Alexander Dovzhenko employs the most complex and elliptical montage style of any Soviet masters in this treatment of events from the Ukranian Civil War. Based on an actual incident from 1913, the story concerns a group of Bolsheviks who battle counter-revolutionary nationalist troops in Kiev, putting up an Alamo-like defense of their cause inside the city's "Arsenal" munitions plant. Outnumbered by the nationalist troops, the defenders demonstrate their revolutionary spirit in the climactic battle which displays a dazzling mixture of traditional Ukranian folklore with modernist film techniques for a dazzling collage!