The End of St. Petersburg ★★★★★

The spirit of revolution is powerful in Pudovkin's worker's strike-turned-rebellion recounting of the revolution. It's bitter and angry with the rich ultimately declaring war with Germany simply as a way to nullify the worker's revolt, and profiting massively from it. The Bolshevik/proletarian conflict is viciously and convincingly depicted and seems very relevant today. Apparently this film was commissioned, along with Eisenstein's October, to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the revolution. Eisenstein's film is a massive epic, but this movie offers a better understanding of why things happened. The editing and storytelling is every bit as compelling as Eisenstein, and this film is more human. Yes, it's heavy-handed. It's a movie made with a pounding fist, and that's kind of glorious. Pure cinema.