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Battleship Potemkin

A movie directed by Sergei Eisenstein

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A true Masterpiece from Eisentstein

  • Aug 1, 2009
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Battleship Potemkin is a celluloid masterpiece. The direction of Eisenstein is truly a sight. The film chronicles a ship of disgruntled sailors who are tired of being mistreated by their superior officers.
Eventually, the sailors finally have enough of the abuse and send the officers packing.   The sailors decide to spread the message of revolt elsewhere  raising the ire of the local government who tries to crush it with an iron fist.

During this time period, there was a shortage of film stock in the Soviet Union. The government wanted to get their message out to the people so they started a National Film Company and one of the members was Sergei Eisenstein. The films were shot on minuscule budgets and a shortage of film stock forced Eisentein to be careful and selective with the footage he shot. In the end, Eisenstein had to reuse footage in order to make a feature length picture.  The most famous of the action set pieces in this film is the much talked about massacre on the steps. This scene was spoofed in Bananas  and most recently in Brian De Palma's The Untouchables. If you want to learn film-making, I strongly advise you to watch Battleship Potemkin.

It's one of the essentials.

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review by . July 07, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Historical significance, the famous Odessa Step sequence      Cons: Everything else      The Bottom Line: Historically significant, for history fans, not for casual viewers.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals everything about the movie''s plot.      Normally I can try to view an older film through a different set of mental lenses and filters. I could not find a way to do this for the classic The Battleship …
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Sergei Eisenstein's film of the famed Odessa revolt has been one of the landmarks of cinema since its release. Commissioned by the government to commemorate the failed uprising of 1905, it's without stars or even actors in the usual sense, exemplifying the collectivism it celebrates. The Battleship Potemkin has just returned from the war with Japan, its crew near mutiny because of brutal treatment and bad rations. When they're served maggot-infested meat one morning, the sailors finally rebel. One of the sailors, Vakulinchuk (Aleksandr Antonov), dissuades the officers from firing upon the mutineers, and they join the rest of the crew in revolt. Hearing of the mutiny, the people of Odessa send supplies to express their solidarity with the crew and gather en masse to mourn a slain sailor. The czar's troops arrive to dispel the crowd. In perhaps the most famous sequence in film history, the director rhymically intercuts shots of the troops marching machinelike down the Odessa steps with shots of innocent ci...

The Battleship Potemkin, sometimes rendered as The Battleship Potyomkin, is a 1925 silent film directed by Sergei Eisenstein and produced by Mosfilm. It presents a dramatised version of the mutiny that occurred in 1905 when the crew of the Russian battleship Potemkin rebelled against their oppressive officers of the Tsarist regime.

The Battleship Potemkin has been called one of the most influential propaganda films of all time, and was named the greatest...

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Director: Sergei Eisenstein
Genre: Drama
Release Date: 1925
MPAA Rating: Unrated
DVD Release Date: Kino on Video (October 23, 2007)
Runtime: 1hr 7min
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