The Battleship Potemkin

The Battleship Potemkin

Sergei Eisenstein’s classic about the maritime uprising that was a catalyst for the Bolshevik Revolution.  Cause of mutiny?  A pot of spoiled soup.

Tensely mounted sequences of rebellion aboard the Potemkin spill onto the shore of Odessa, as villagers, sympathetic to the revolution, take up against their oppressors.  Well-shot, tightly edited, and propagandist to the bone, Potemkin is another fascinating silent film that was far ahead of its time.  (I could even forgive–though just barely–a grossly manipulative sequence involving a baby rolling down a flight of stairs in its carriage, as the Odessa massacre carries about on all sides.)  Still, I’m dubious about the film’s merit as one of the greatest ever made.

Might be of interest to those partial to Russian history.

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