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Battleship Potemkin

Russia, Russian, 75 mins

Original Title

Bronenosets Potyomkin
  • Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein
  • Writer: Nina Agadzhanova; Nikolai Aseyev

CGiii Comment

Cinematic history and, possibly, the most influential film of all time.

Every film student and maker should be forced to watch this - the digital age has certainly failed in many aspects of film-making and Potemkin supplies the answers - imagery, composition, choreography, tension and direction.

All, sadly, lacking in the low-budget digital film boom - everyone thinks they can be film-makers - it takes more than a camera.

Watch and learn.


The(ir) Blurb...

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.

Cast & Characters

Aleksandr Antonov as Grigory Vakulinchuk - Bolshevik Sailor;
Vladimir Barsky as Commander Golikov;
Grigori Aleksandrov as Chief Officer Giliarovsky;
Ivan Bobrov as Young Sailor Flogged While Sleeping;
Mikhail Gomorov as Militant Sailor;
Aleksandr Levshin as Petty Officer;
N. Poltavtseva as Woman With Pince-nez;
Konstantin Feldman as Student Agitator;
Prokopenko as Mother Carrying Wounded Boy;
A. Glauberman as Wounded Boy;
Beatrice Vitoldi as Woman With Baby Carriage;
Brodsky as Student;
Julia Eisenstein as Woman with Food for Sailors;
Sergei M. Eisenstein as Odessa Citizen;
Andrei Fajt as Recruit

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