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Battleship Potemkin (1925)

Bronenosets Potemkin (original title)
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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.

Director:

Sergei M. Eisenstein (as S.M. Eisenstein)

Writer:

Nina Agadzhanova (script by) (as N. F. Agadzhanovoy-Shutko)
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Cast

Credited cast:
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 Mikhail Gomorov ... Militant Sailor
Aleksandr Levshin Aleksandr Levshin ... Petty Officer
N. Poltavtseva N. Poltavtseva ... Woman With Pince-nez
Konstantin Feldman Konstantin Feldman ... Student Agitator
Prokhorenko Prokhorenko ... Mother Carrying Wounded Boy
A. Glauberman A. Glauberman ... Wounded Boy
Beatrice Vitoldi Beatrice Vitoldi ... Woman With Baby Carriage
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daniil Antonovich Daniil Antonovich ... Sailor
Iona Biy-Brodskiy Iona Biy-Brodskiy ... Student (as Brodsky)
Julia Eisenstein Julia Eisenstein ... Woman with Food for Sailors
Sergei M. Eisenstein ... 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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Taglines:

Revolution is the only lawful, equal, effectual war. It was in Russia that this war was declared and begun. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

24 December 1925 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Battleship Potemkin See more »

Filming Locations:

Alupka, Crimea, Ukraine See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,283, 21 January 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$50,970, 15 January 2012
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Goskino, Mosfilm See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.25 : 1
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Trivia

The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list. See more »

Goofs

After the woman with her son in her arms approaches the army in Odessa Steps sequence, she gets shot and falls backward with her son draped perpendicular across her. When the army marches down the steps after shooting the woman, the woman has turned 180 degrees around and her son is now lined up with her body. See more »

Quotes

Grigory Vakulinchuk: Russian prisoners in Japan are fed better than we are! We've had enough rotten meat!
Smirov, the ship doctor: It's good meat. End of discussion!
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Alternate Versions

The 29 April 1926 version, at the Apollo Theater, Berlin, under the auspices of Prometheus Films, was heavily censored under pressure from the Weimar authorities. Nearly a hundred feet of footage was cut (the equivalent of more than 50 shots) as well as a number of title cards. This version became the basis for the copies that traveled to the United States and England, where they were further censored. The Prometheus negative was returned from Germany to the USSR after the Second World War, and became the source for official export prints from 1949 on. See more »

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Referenced in Hak hap (1996) See more »

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Battleship Potemkin
9 May 2012 | by malaysian1789See all my reviews

I'm never one to turn a film down, unless it's got Ben Affleck in it, then i'm always hesitant. But alas, i recently received an invite to a 1925 silent Russian film named Battle Potemkin, and once it was confirmed Ben Affleck was not in this film, i was good to go. Showing at London's Southbank, i was excited to see a silent film in the cinema, something i've never done before, and also excited to see a film called by many critics as one of the great films of the 20th century.

The film is a bit of revolutionary propaganda, dealing with the plight of a rebellious set of sailors, and from the minute it begins it is clear that these sailors are the heroes of the film. What follows is five brief episodes (the films is only 70 minutes long) which charts the mutiny led by the sailors against their heinous officers. Soon enough the whole of the City (Odessa for those keeping count) revolts and in a magnificent piece of film-making (especially considering this was made 86 years ago) there is a stampede which is brutally captured and wouldn't look out of a place in a low-budget film made today. The finale of the film is a triumph and strangely uplifiting, who woulda guessed a Russian mutiny would evoke such emotion??!

This film is a great way to introduce somebody to silent films, it is relatively short and moves at a great speed. One thing i loved about the lack of dialogue was the focus instead on the visual aspects of the film, as an audience member you also have more space to look at facial expressions and mannerisms without being held back by subtitles, and this is where the attachment to the film really comes alive. I would give this film an 8/10, it's different, and has certainly got me interested in silent films, now, where's that Charlie Chaplin DVD?


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