Event—Public Programming

Ten Days That Shook the World: Eisenstein and the Russian Revolution


Join us for a special presentation on Sergei Eisenstein's 1927 film, October, sponsored by the Adult Education Seminars program.

Produced to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Russian Revolution, Sergei Eisenstein's film October has become a lens through which the world perceives the political upheaval of November 1917. Restaging historical events on original locations with dramatic exaggeration and satiric mockery, the film raises ongoing questions about the remembrance and representation of historical events and the use of film as propaganda.

Drawing on their upcoming Newberry adult education seminars, "The Russian Revolution" and "Panorama of Soviet Life in the 1920s," Frank Biletz and Julia Denne will screen excerpts from Eisenstein's film and discuss the complicated legacy of the Russian Revolution.

Frank A. Biletz received his PhD in history from the University of Chicago, with a primary specialization in modern British and Irish history. He is currently Adjunct Instructor in History at Loyola University Chicago and has been teaching seminars at the Newberry since 1994. Frank will teach his popular Russian Revolution seminar this fall.

Julia Kriventsova Denne studied literature at St. Petersburg University in Russia and currently leads several groups on Russian literature in the Chicago area. Julia will teach a course titled "Panorama of Soviet Life in the 1920s" this fall.

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