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Our Teach-In series uses film to create awareness about significant contemporary issues and provoke dialogue and discussion. They are held twice a month and are free-of-charge, although a donation will be requested.

November 6, 2017

What is the meaning of a revolution?

October: Ten Days That Shook the World—with Yuri Tsivian

Film still: October

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution—an occasion meeting an unusually mute response in contemporary Russia—we present one of the great films by Sergei Eisenstein. Given a free hand to re-create the Revolution for its tenth anniversary, it was badly received by the authorities for both political and aesthetic reasons. Yet the genius of Eisenstein and his famous editing is nowhere more apparent than in this film, which captures the complications, fervor and struggle in overturning a regime.

Directed by Sergei Eisenstein, USSR, 1928, 104 mins.

Yuri Tsivian, William Colvin Professor at the University of Chicago, is a leading expert on Sergei Eisenstein and Russian and Soviet film and art. With a Ph.D. from the Institute of Theater, Music and Film in Leningrad, he is the author of over 100 publications in 16 languages, a pioneer in using digital tools to explore the art of film editing, and an essayist on the DVD versions of Man with a Movie Camera, Ivan the Terrible, and then interactive CD-ROM Immaterial Bodies: Cultural Anatomy of Early Russian Films.


  • Monday, November 6 at 6:30 pm

FREE admission!
Donations are requested.


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