Storm Over Asia (1928) Vsevolod Pudovkin

Storm Over Asia 1928 poster

In 1918 a simple Mongolian herdsman escapes to the hills after brawling with a western capitalist fur trader who cheats him. In 1920 he helps the partisans fight for the Soviets against the occupying army. However he is captured when the army tries to requisition cattle from the herdsmen at the same time as the commandant meets with the reincarnated Grand Lama. After being shot, the army discovers an amulet that suggests he was a direct descendant of Genghis Khan. They find him still alive, so the army restores his health and plans to use him as the head of a Mongolian puppet regime.

Arsenal (1929) Aleksandr Dovzhenko

Arsenal 1929 poster

Set in the bleak aftermath and devastation of the World War I, a recently demobbed soldier, Timosh, returns to his hometown Kyiv, after having survived a train wreck. His arrival coincides with a national celebration of Ukrainian freedom, but the festivities are not to last as a disenchanted.

J’accuse! (1919) Abel Gance

JAccuse

The poet Jean is in love with François’s wife. The tension between the two men will be replaced by friendship when they go to the same front to fight. War will test their company.