Big screen classics

Battleship Potemkin

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Sergei Eisenstein’s powerful, game-changing masterpiece.

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Soviet Union 1925
Dir Sergei Eisenstein
With Alexander Antonov, Vladimir Barskiy, Grigori Alexandrov
76min
Digital
Certificate PG
With Edmund Meisel score

Sergei Eisenstein’s documentary-style recreation of the key events of the 1905 mutiny by the titular ship’s crew against their oppressive Imperial Navy officers is famous not only for the now iconic Odessa Steps sequence (depicting the massacre of civilians by Tsarist troops) but also for its focus on massed forces rather than individuals. Like Eisenstein’s earlier Strike, the film is a paean to unified activism.

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