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.


(as S.M. Eisenstein)


(script by) (as N.F. Agadzhanova-Shutko)
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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 ...
Brodsky ...
Julia Eisenstein ...
Woman with Food for Sailors
Odessa Citizen


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 <>

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24 December 1925 (Soviet Union)  »

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Battleship Potemkin  »

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


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

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The famous Odessa steps sequence was not originally in the script, but was devised during production. See more »


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Still one of the best films ever made.
20 June 1999 | by (Watertown, MA) – See all my reviews

Quite a lot has been said about this film and its landmark importance in forming the language of film. If you are interested in film history, to truly understand the innovations Eisenstein brings to the medium you might try viewing Potemkin along side most any film made before it (those of D.W. Griffith offer a good contrast). It should be allowed that Eisenstein was not the only montage theorist and the principles of montage editing would likely have been discovered by another given time. However, even today, few directors have approached the skill with which Eisenstein created meaning through the combination of images at such an early point in the evolution of the medium.

If you are not interested in that sort of thing, Potemkin is still one of the most beautiful and moving films ever made. You should see it, buy it, and tatoo it to your chest.

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