Arsenal (film)

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Arsenal 1928 film.jpg
Stenberg brothers' film poster
Directed by Alexander Dovzhenko
Produced by Alexander Dovzhenko
Written by Alexander Dovzhenko
Starring Semyon Svashenko
Mykola Nademsky
Amvroziy Buchma
Les Podorozhnij
Music by Igor Belza
Cinematography Danylo Demutsky
Distributed by VUFKU-Odessa
Release dates
  • 1929 (1929)
Running time
92 min.
Country Soviet Union
Language Silent film
Russian intertitles

Arsenal (Russian: Арсенал, also alternative title January Uprising in Kiev in 1918[1]) is a Soviet film by Ukrainian director Alexander Dovzhenko. The film was made in 1928 and released early in 1929.[1][2] It is the second film in his "Ukraine Trilogy", the first being Zvenigora (1928) and the third being Earth (1930).

The film concerns an episode in the Russian Civil War in 1918 in which the Kiev Arsenal January Uprising of workers aided the besieging Bolshevik army against the Ukrainian national Parliament Central Rada who held legal power in Ukraine at the time. Regarded by film scholar Vance Kepley, Jr. as "one of the few Soviet political films which seems even to cast doubt on the morality of violent retribution", Dovzhenko's eye for wartime absurdities (for example, an attack on an empty trench) anticipates later pacifist sentiments in films by Jean Renoir and Stanley Kubrick.


  1. ^ a b Арсенал - информация о фильме (in Russian). Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  2. ^ Magill's Survey of Silent Films, Vol.1 A-FLA p.152 edited by Frank N. Magill c.1982 ISBN 0-89356-240-8 (3 book set ISBN 0-89356-239-4)

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