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Battleship Potemkin (1925)
"Bronenosets Potemkin" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  History, War  |  24 December 1925 (Soviet Union)
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A dramatized account of a great Russian naval mutiny and a resulting street demonstration which brought on a police massacre.

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Credited cast:
Aleksandr Antonov ...
Vladimir Barsky ...
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Ivan Bobrov ...
Mikhail Gomorov ...
Aleksandr Levshin ...
N. Poltavtseva ...
Konstantin Feldman ...
Student Agitator
Prokopenko ...
Mother Carrying Wounded Boy
A. Glauberman ...
Wounded Boy
Beatrice Vitoldi ...
Woman With Baby Carriage
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Daniil Antonovich ...
Sailor
Brodsky ...
Student
Julia Eisenstein ...
Woman with Food for Sailors
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Odessa Citizen
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Based on the historical events the movie tells the story of a riot at the battleship Potemkin. What started as a protest strike when the crew was given rotten meat for dinner ended in a riot. The sailors raised the red flag and tried to ignite the revolution in their home port Odessa. Written by Konstantin Dlutskii <ked@falcon.cc.ukans.edu>

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Opening Weekend:

$2,283 (USA) (21 January 2011)

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$50,970 (USA) (13 January 2012)
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The flag seen flying on the ship after the crew had mutinied was white, which is the color of the tsars, but this was done so that it could be hand-painted red on the celluloid, which is the color of communism. Since this is a black-and-white film, if the flag had been red it would have shown up black in the film. See more »

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During the Odessa Steps sequence as the mother walks with her son towards the oncoming troops, a long shot shows as she approaches, the soldiers halt one flight of stairs above the one she is on. In the next shot, however, the soldiers are marching down another flight of stairs as if they are going to walk right past her. Then in the next scene they have stopped again and are on the same flight of stairs as if they hadn't moved at all. See more »

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A true Masterpiece from Eisentstein
5 October 2003 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

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. During this time period, there was a shortage of film

stock in the Soviet Union. The goverment 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 miniscule

budgets and the shortage of film stock forced Eisentein to be careful

and selective with the footage that 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.

A+


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