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Battleship Potemkin -- Sergei Eisenstein's masterpiece is one of the most influential silent film of all time. In this edition, dozens of missing shots have been replaced and all 146 title cards restored to Eisenstein's specifications. Edmund Meisel's definitive 1926 orchestral score returns this masterwork to a form as close to its creator's bold vision as has been seen since the film's triumphant 1925 Moscow premiere.
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 »
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Plot:
A dramatized account of a great Russian naval mutiny and a resulting street demonstration which brought on a police massacre. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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'For Some Inexplicable Reason' wins Grand Prix at Voices
 (From ScreenDaily. 6 July 2015, 3:55 AM, PDT)

'Losers' triumphs in Moscow
 (From ScreenDaily. 26 June 2015, 5:56 AM, PDT)

100 Essential Action Scenes: Shootouts
 (From SoundOnSight. 2 June 2015, 8:00 AM, PDT)

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Cast

  (in credits order)
Aleksandr Antonov ... Grigory Vakulinchuk
Vladimir Barsky ... Commander Golikov

Grigori 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
Prokopenko ... Mother Carrying Wounded Boy
A. Glauberman ... Wounded Boy
Beatrice Vitoldi ... Woman With Baby Carriage
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daniil Antonovich ... Sailor
Brodsky ... Student
Julia Eisenstein ... Woman with Food for Sailors

Sergei M. Eisenstein ... Odessa Citizen
Andrey Fayt ... Recruit (as A. Fait)
Korobei ... Legless Veteran
Marusov ... Officer
Protopopov ... Old Man
Repnikova ... Woman on the Steps
Vladimir Uralsky
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)
Nikolai Aseyev  intertitles (uncredited)
Sergei M. Eisenstein  uncredited
Sergei 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
Grigori Aleksandrov (re-issue) (uncredited)
Sergei M. Eisenstein (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Vasili Rakhals (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Brian Shirey .... production manager (2007 alternate version)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Grigori Aleksandrov .... assistant director (as T. Aleksandrov)
 
Sound Department
Yevgeni 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)
Hertzel Effensachs .... director: marine sequences (uncredited)
 

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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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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:16 (original rating) | Portugal:M/12 (DVD rating) | Portugal:(Banned) (original rating) | 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:X (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (1987) | USA:Unrated | USA:TV-G (TV rating)
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Trivia:
The ship that stands for battleship Potemkin, the Twelve Apostles,was beached in order to mark a sand bank, so the stern was deep into the rocks. That is the reason why, throughout the film, there are no panoramic shots of the ship, and the stern is never visible.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 »
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Referenced in Uncle Kruger (1941)See more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
The working, collective eye, 22 August 2011
Author: chaos-rampant from Greece

I don't recommend that you see this as a 'landmark' in film; don't merely pass through to say you did, or because it's a travelled destination for most people. Instead, come to this with fresh eyes if you can. Rarely since has a film - and film tradition - been so deeply centered within its worldview, rarely indeed is a film made of the very fabric of the world it gives voice to. Most films these days are built at random, or from random spare parts.

Eisenstein had already made a more successful film before this, more reflexively about the seeing eye. So, even though there is a more rip-roaring story here, you may have to struggle a bit with how faceless appears this world to us, these days so accustomed to the paradigm of the individual hero. But Eisenstein was an architect - literally, as well as in film - and so space matters, our relationship with space through motion matters.

In other words; this may have been preserved to us as a museum piece, which is an indictment of our own understanding of cinema as coming down to us by the books and lists of assorted institutions, but at the time it was part of the most deeply revolutionary film school, one that rigged trains as movie studios and sent them scurrying the countryside to film the people and show them to themselves. I mean, here was a man - Eisenstein - who studied Japanese ideograms to understand synthesized image; who discovered that editing to the beats of the human heart affected more, true or false it shows the desire to both know and reach out.

Our cinematic ideas have mostly regressed into mechanical reproduction since the time when these things were first engineered. Oh, there's plenty of Eisenstein every time you open the TV, but none of it is knowing. It's merely a matter of going-through-the-motions, without the blueprint anymore.

So, look at how crowds are orchestrally conducted through stark geometries, how Eisenstein dissects cinematic space with even a stationary camera. But this type of cinema meant to agitate the people, was never about a thought, it was about an action.

And so with this one. There is the one hero who, although dead, calls out to the people. They rush to him, like ships around their harbor. So on board the ship there is valiant effort for brotherhood and justice, inspired revolution; portside is the motherland, cheering the effort with aplomb. And in the end there is the hero ship, itself filled with heroes, now passing through a sea corridor lined with brother ships, all cheering the one. You can imagine the people cheering at the cinema, who had been there to cheer the real thing years ago.

And when I say 'the real thing' I mean the revolution 8 years before; the Potemkin event depicted here was purely fictional. Yet by the famous steps at Odessa is erected a monument to the fictional sailors, what better example of cinema shaping reality?

So yes, it is a revolutionary film. We may be inclined to make fun of the notions, or worse yet dismiss off-hand because of hindsight knowledge. But this was a film celebrating a time when the world seemed like it could be new again. Then came Stalin and, ironically, vanished all these filmmakers that sung the paeans.

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