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The October Revolution: Film & Discussion in Honor of the Russian Revolution Centenary (1917-2017)
Start Date: 10/25/2017Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Date: 10/25/2017End Time: 6:00 PM

Event Description
Drexel University and the Moonstone Arts Center present "The October Revolution: Film & Discussion," in honor of the Russian Revolution Centenary. The Russian Revolution took place during the final phase of World War I. It removed Russia from the war and brought about the transformation of the Russian Empire into the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), replacing Russia’s traditional monarchy with the world’s first Communist state.


Panel Discussion on the successes, failures and legacy of the Revolution with:

The revolution brought about massive industrialization, expansion of education and an explosion of intellectual and artistic activity. The arts were supported and the people fed. This was followed by the growth of an authoritarian state and the suppression of creative and political freedom. The USSR inspired and supported freedom movements around the world especially in Africa and Asia and influenced progressive activity in the West. The revolution made a profound effect on thinking and behavior of latter generations. Though much has changed, the entire world lives in a society which critical views are punished and corruption remains a social institution.

  • Robert Zaller, Drexel Distinguished University Professor of History Emeritus and author of numerous volumes on European history.
  • Sibelan Forrester, Professor of Russian, Russian Section Head, Coordinator of Comparative Literature at Swarthmore College specializes in Russian and Slavic literature and Slavic and East European folklore

Film Excerpts

"October: Ten Days That Shook the World" by Sergei Eisenstein, a silent movie made in 1927 for the tenth anniversary of the Revolution. Today Eisenstein’s films can be understood as an ingenious and politically oriented mythologization of historical events, and also as a work of artistic discovery, a parable about the nature of power and social violence. Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein was a film director and film theorist, a pioneer in the theory and practice of montage. He is noted in particular for his silent films "Strike," "Battleship Potemkin" and "October," as well as the historical epics "Alexander Nevsky" and "Ivan the Terrible."


"Russian Revolution" by Christopher Reeves from the Russian Revolution Centenary Committee and the Marx Memorial Library, London UK (https:vimeo.com 199979007)

Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, Room 112, 3245 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
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