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Battleship Potemkin -- A dramatized account of a great Russian naval mutiny and a resulting street demonstration which brought on a police massacre.

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Writer:
Nina Agadzhanova (script by)
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Release Date:
24 December 1925 (Soviet Union) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Revolution is the only lawful, equal, effectual war. It was in Russia that this war was declared and begun. See more »
Plot:
In the midst of the Russian Revolution of 1905, the crew of the battleship Potemkin mutiny against the brutal, tyrannical regime of the vessel's officers. The resulting street demonstration in Odessa brings on a police massacre. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Like Citizen Kane it's almost been TOO analyzed and cherished as a landmark, but still not without good reason See more (187 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Aleksandr Antonov ... Grigory Vakulinchuk

Vladimir Barskiy ... Commander Golikov

Grigoriy Aleksandrov ... Chief Officer Giliarovsky
Ivan Bobrov ... Young Sailor Flogged While Sleeping (as I. Bobrov)
Mikhail Gomorov ... Militant Sailor
Aleksandr Levshin ... Petty Officer
N. Poltavtseva ... Woman With Pince-nez
Konstantin Feldman ... Student Agitator
Prokhorenko ... Mother Carrying Wounded Boy
A. Glauberman ... Wounded Boy
Beatrice Vitoldi ... Woman With Baby Carriage
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daniil Antonovich ... Sailor
Iona Biy-Brodskiy ... Student (as Brodsky)
Julia Eisenstein ... Woman with Food for Sailors

Sergei M. Eisenstein ... Odessa Citizen
Andrey Fayt ... Recruit (as A. Fait)
Korobey ... Legless Veteran
Marusov ... Officer
Protopopov ... Old Man
Repnikova ... Woman on the Steps
Vladimir Uralskiy
Zerenin ... Student
Aleksanteri Ahola-Valo ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Sergei M. Eisenstein  (as S.M. Eisenstein)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nina Agadzhanova  script by (as N.F. Agadzhanova-Shutko)
Nikolay Aseev  intertitles (uncredited)
Sergei M. Eisenstein  uncredited
Sergey Tretyakov  intertitles (uncredited)

Original Music by
Eric Allaman (1986)
Yati Durant 
Vladimir Heifetz 
Nikolai Kryukov (1950)
Chris Lowe 
Edmund Meisel  (as Meisel)
Neil Tennant 
 
Cinematography by
Eduard Tisse (lead cinematographer)
Vladimir Popov (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Grigoriy Aleksandrov (re-issue) (uncredited)
Sergei M. Eisenstein (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Vasiliy Rakhals (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Brian Shirey .... production manager (2007 alternate version)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Grigoriy Aleksandrov .... assistant director (as T. Aleksandrov)
 
Sound Department
Evgeniy Kashkevich .... sound recordist (1950 re-issue)
 
Editorial Department
Sala Deinema .... work print editor: Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv, Berlin (2007 alternate version)
Ron Heidt .... title editor (2007 alternate version)
Erika Schmidt .... negative cutter: Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv, Berlin (2007 alternate version)
Gerhard Ullmann .... colorization (2007 alternate version)
Jay Leyda .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Helmut Imig .... conductor: Deutsches Filmorchestra Babelsberg (2007 alternate version)
Helmut Imig .... instrumentation: Edmund Meisel's 1926 score (2007 alternate version)
Helmut Imig .... music adaptor: Edmund Meisel's 1926 score (2007 alternate version)
 
Other crew
Aleksandr Antonov .... assistant to director (as A. Antonov)
Anna Bohn .... reconstruction collaborator (2007 alternate version)
Mikhail Gomorov .... assistant to director (as M. Gomorov)
S. Kazakov .... supervisor (1950 reissue)
A. Kotoshev .... administrator
A.P. Kryukov .... administrator
Aleksandr Levshin .... assistant to director (as A. Levshin)
Enno Patalas .... reconstruction director (2007 alternate version)
Maksim Shtraukh .... assistant to director (as M. Shtraukh)
Bret Wood .... title designer (2007 alternate version)
Herzl Effensachs .... director: marine sequences (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Bronenosets Potemkin" - Soviet Union (original title)
"Potemkin" - USA (informal title)
"The Armored Cruiser Potemkin" - USA (alternative title)
"The Battleship Potemkin" - USA (video box title)
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Runtime:
75 min | Spain:70 min | Spain:77 min | USA:66 min | Argentina:80 min | Spain:68 min (DVD edition) | 72 min (17 fps) (Blu-ray)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.25 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Canada:G (Ontario) | Finland:K-12 (1978) | Finland:K-16 (1952) | Finland:(Banned) (1930) | Germany:12 | Germany:(Banned) (1933-1945) | Italy:T (1960) | Italy:(Banned) (1925 - 1960) | Netherlands:AL (video rating) | Norway:15 (re-rating) | Norway:16 (1954) | Norway:Banned (1926) | Portugal:M/12 (DVD rating) | Portugal:(Banned) (original rating) | Portugal:M/12 (re-release) | Portugal:M/16 (video rating) | Portugal:17 (1974) | South Korea:15 (1994) | Spain:T | Sweden:(Banned) (original rating) | Sweden:15 (re-rating) (uncut) (1952) | Sweden:15 (re-rating) (cut) (1946) | UK:PG (re-rating) (1987) | UK:X (re-rating) (1954) | UK:Rejected (original rating) (1926-1954) | USA:Unrated | USA:TV-G (TV rating)
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Trivia:
The film censorship boards of several countries felt this movie would spread communism. France imposed a ban after a brief run in 1925; it lifted it in 1953 after the death of Russian leader Joseph Stalin. The UK banned it until 1954.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Shadow of the camera, complete with an umbrella, can easily be seen during the scrolling shot of the Odessa Steps.See more »
Quotes:
Title Card:Above the heads of the tsar's admirals thundered a brotherly hurrah. And proudly waving the red flag of victory, without a single shot, the rebellious battleship passed through the rows of the squadron.See more »
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79 out of 92 people found the following review useful.
Like Citizen Kane it's almost been TOO analyzed and cherished as a landmark, but still not without good reason, 15 September 2005
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

If you're a film student, or were one, or are thinking of becoming one, the name Battleship Potemkin has or will have a resonance. Sergei Eistenstein, like other silent-film pioneers like Griffith (although Eisenstein's innovations are not as commonplace as Griffith's) and Murnau, has had such an impact on the history of cinema it's of course taken for granted. The reason I bring up the film student part is because at some point, whether you'd like it or not, your film professor 9 times out of 10 will show the "Odessa Stairs" sequence of this film. It's hard to say if it's even the 'best' part of the film's several sequences dealing with the (at the time current) times of the Russian revolution. But it does leave the most impact, and it can be seen in many films showcasing suspense, or just plain montage (The Untouchables' climax comes to mind).

Montage, which was not just Eistenstein's knack but also his life's blood early in his career, is often misused in the present cinema, or if not misused then in an improper context for the story. Sometimes montage is used now as just another device to get from point A to point B. Montage was something else for Eisenstein; he was trying to communicate in the most direct way that he could the urgency, the passion(s), and the ultimate tragedies that were in the Russian people at the time and place. Even if one doesn't see all of Eisenstein's narrative or traditional 'story' ideas to have much grounding (Kubrick has said this), one can't deny the power of seeing the ships arriving at the harbor, the people on the stairs, and the soldiers coming at them every which way with guns. Some may find it hard to believe this was done in the 20's; it has that power like the Passion of Joan of Arc to over-pass its time and remain in importance if only in terms of technique and emotion.

Of course, one could go on for books (which have been written hundreds of times over, not the least of which by Eisenstein himself). On the film in and of itself, Battleship Potemkin is really more like a dramatized newsreel than a specific story in a movie. The first segment is also one of the great sequences in film, as a mutiny is plotted against the Captain and other head-ups of a certain Ship. This is detailed almost in a manipulative way, but somehow extremely effective; montage is used here as well, but in spurts of energy that capture the eye. Other times Eisenstein is more content to just let the images speak for themselves, as the soldiers grow weary without food and water. He isn't one of those directors who will try to get all sides to the story; he is, of course, very much early 20th century Russian, but he is nothing else but honest with how he sees his themes and style, and that is what wins over in the end.

Some may want to check it outside of film-school, as the 'Stairs' sequence is like one of those landmarks of severe tragedy on film, displaying the ugly side of revolution. Eisenstein may not be one of the more 'accessible' silent-film directors, but if montage, detail in the frame, non-actors, and Bolshevik themes are your cup of tea, it's truly one of the must sees of a lifetime.

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