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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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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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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 »

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Militant Sailor: The people of Odessa are waiting for the liberators! Land the troops and the army will join you.
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A true Masterpiece from Eisentstein
5 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

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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