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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 ...
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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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After the woman with her son in her arms approaches the army in Odessa Steps sequence, she gets shot and falls backward with her son draped perpendicular across her. When the army marches down the steps after shooting the woman, the woman has turned 180 degrees around and her son is now lined up with her body. See more »

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Vivid & Memorable
19 December 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This classic is filled with vivid images that stay in your mind after you have watched it, and there is a lot to appreciate in the way that the key scenes were set up and photographed. The visuals are so impressive that the movie's imperfections are usually not so noticeable, and they don't keep it from being a memorable film.

The movie certainly deserves the praise that it gets both for the influence that it has had, and for some ideas that for the time were most creative. The famed 'Odessa Steps' sequence alone demonstrates both fine technical skill and a keen awareness of how to drive home an image to an audience. It deserves to be one of cinema's best remembered sequences. Some of the other scenes also demonstrate, to a lesser degree, the same kind of skill.

It says a lot for how effective all of the visuals are that so many viewers think so highly of "Battleship Potemkin" despite a story that is sometimes heavy-handed, and despite characters and acting that are both rather thin. These features might simply stem from the collectivist philosophy that lies behind the story, and they are obscured most of the time by Eisenstein's unsurpassed ability to present pictures that viewers will not forget.

Despite the flaws, this is a movie that most fans of silent films, and anyone interested in the history of movies, will want to see. There's nothing else in its era that's quite like it.


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