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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:
A true Masterpiece from Eisentstein See more (185 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:
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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 was rejected for a UK cinema certificate in 1926 by the BBFC following fears of working class insurrection, and remained banned until January 1954 when it was finally released with an X certificate.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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 »
Quotes:
Chief Officer Giliarovsky:The sailors refused to eat the borscht.See more »
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40 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
A true Masterpiece from Eisentstein, 5 October 2003
Author: Joseph P. Ulibas (sirjosephu@aol.com) from Sacramento, CA

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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