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Battleship Potemkin (1925)

Bronenosets Potemkin (original title)
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.

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Credited cast:
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Ivan Bobrov ...
Young Sailor Flogged While Sleeping (as I. Bobrov)
Mikhail Gomorov ...
Aleksandr Levshin ...
Petty Officer
N. Poltavtseva ...
Woman With Pince-nez
Konstantin Feldman ...
Prokhorenko ...
Mother Carrying Wounded Boy
A. Glauberman ...
Wounded Boy
Beatrice Vitoldi ...
Woman With Baby Carriage
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daniil Antonovich ...
Iona Biy-Brodskiy ...
Student (as Brodsky)
Julia Eisenstein ...
Woman with Food for Sailors
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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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Revolution is the only lawful, equal, effectual war. It was in Russia that this war was declared and begun. See more »

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Drama | History

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24 December 1925 (Soviet Union)  »

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Battleship Potemkin  »

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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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Trivia

The film takes place in June 1905. See more »

Goofs

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

Grigory Vakulinchuk: We've had enough rotten meat! Even a dog wouldn't eat this! It could crawl overboard on its own!
Smirov, the ship doctor: These aren't worms. They are dead fly larvae. You can wash them off with brine!
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Still one of the best films ever made.
20 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

Quite a lot has been said about this film and its landmark importance in forming the language of film. If you are interested in film history, to truly understand the innovations Eisenstein brings to the medium you might try viewing Potemkin along side most any film made before it (those of D.W. Griffith offer a good contrast). It should be allowed that Eisenstein was not the only montage theorist and the principles of montage editing would likely have been discovered by another given time. However, even today, few directors have approached the skill with which Eisenstein created meaning through the combination of images at such an early point in the evolution of the medium. If you are not interested in that sort of thing, Potemkin is still one of the most beautiful and moving films ever made. You should see it, buy it, and tatoo it to your chest.


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