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

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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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Cast

Credited cast:
Aleksandr Antonov ...
Vladimir Barsky ...
Grigori Aleksandrov ...
Ivan Bobrov ...
Mikhail Gomorov ...
Militant Sailor
Aleksandr Levshin ...
Petty Officer
N. Poltavtseva ...
Woman With Pince-nez
Konstantin Feldman ...
Student Agitator
Prokopenko ...
Mother Carrying Wounded Boy
A. Glauberman ...
Wounded Boy
Beatrice Vitoldi ...
Woman With Baby Carriage
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brodsky ...
Student
Julia Eisenstein ...
Woman with Food for Sailors
...
Odessa Citizen
Andrey Fayt ...
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Storyline

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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24 December 1925 (Soviet Union)  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$50,970 (USA) (13 January 2012)
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Trivia

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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In the Imperial squadron near the end of the film, we see close-ups of triple gun turrets of Gangut-class dreadnought. It is possibly made this way to show the power of Imperial fleet, but this is an anachronism, for battleships of 1905 were much smaller pre-dreadnoughts, with twin turrets only, just like "Potemkin". "Ganguts" entered service in 1914. See more »

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This is a cinematic masterpiece, way ahead of its time.
10 December 1999 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

There are only a handful of movies that were made on such a grand scale and made such a difference in the art of movie making.

"Bronenosets Potyomkin" is one of these movies, and it should be on anyone's list looking to learn more about the history of cinema.

Grigori Aleksandrov & Sergei M. Eisenstein directed this groundbreaking film that documents the horrors taking place on a Russian battleship. When the sailors finally retaliate against their superiors, the locals embrace the them, and support them. Things get ugly when a group of soldiers are sent to the small town to take care of business. What follows is one of the most imitated scenes in the history of cinema. Anyone who has seen "The Untouchables", and "Bronenosets Potyomkin" knows exactly what I mean.

Overall I think this movie raised the bar for film making just as "Intolerance" did a few years earlier. If you do not mind silent films, do yourself a favor, and see "Bronenosets Potyomkin".

If you don't like silent films..... watch "Bronenosets Potyomkin" anyway.


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