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Battleship Potemkin (1925)

Bronenosets Potyomkin (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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Credited cast:
Aleksandr Antonov ...
Vladimir Barsky ...
...
Ivan Bobrov ...
Mikhail Gomorov ...
Aleksandr Levshin ...
Petty Officer
N. Poltavtseva ...
Konstantin Feldman ...
Student Agitator
Prokopenko ...
Mother Carrying Wounded Boy
A. Glauberman ...
Wounded Boy
Beatrice Vitoldi ...
Woman With Baby Carriage
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daniil Antonovich ...
Sailor
Iona Bij-Brodsky ...
Student (as Brodsky)
Julia Eisenstein ...
Woman with Food for Sailors
...
Odessa Citizen
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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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Revolution is the only lawful, equal, effectual war. It was in Russia that this war was declared and begun. See more »

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Drama | History

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Release Date:

24 December 1925 (Soviet Union)  »

Also Known As:

Battleship Potemkin  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Battleship "Dvenadtsat Apostolov", that played a part of "Potemkin", was in fact removed from active service in 1911 and served as a mine hulk until mid-1920s, when the film was made. Despite the fact that she was from a similar period (1892) and of similar size, she had to be heavily modified externally, first of all by addition of dummy gun turrets. See more »

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Shadow of the camera, complete with an umbrella, can easily be seen during the scrolling shot of the Odessa Steps. 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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