Tuesday, November 7, 2017

October: Ten Days That Shook the World -- November 7, 2017

Today is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia.  I know that today is November, but in Russia, where they were still using the Julian calendar, it was 25-October-1917.  John Reed, an American journalist with radical tendencies was there.  After he returned to America and fought the government to get the papers he had brought with him, he wrote a book that he called Ten Days That Shook the World.  The book was a great success.  Vladimir I Lenin, leader of the Bolsheviks, read the book and liked it.  He wrote an introduction for later editions.

Grigori Aleksandrov and Sergei Eisenstein made a movie called October to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the revolution.  When the film was recut and release internationally, it was  titled October: Ten Days That Shook the World.  The film took little from the book except the title.

I saw the film years ago and fouond it exciting, especially the storming of the Winter Palace. 

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