[Бронено́сец «Потёмкин» BRONENOSETS PATYOMKIN]
That BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN was banned in several countries as communist propaganda only validates the artistic power of perhaps the most famous Russian film of all time. Focusing on one episode of the country's revolutionary years, this agitprop spectacular is the story of a mutiny on a military ship anchored off the port of Odessa. Mistreated by the officers, sailors of "Potemkin" decide to fight, supported by sympathizers ashore. For Sergei Eisenstein, employing stars or even singling out one protagonist was too bourgeois: in his masterpiece, the hero is the masses. The notorious Odessa steps sequence, in which a Cossack regiment violently puts down a crowd of unarmed civilians, is among the most quoted in cinema's history. DIR/SCR Sergei Eisenstein; SCR Nina Agadzhanova, Grigori Alexandrov. USSR, 1925, b&w, 75 min. Russian intertitles with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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