Bronenosets Potyomkin (1925)

Original Title : Bronenosets Potyomkin
Director : Sergei M. Eisenstein
Grigori Aleksandrov
Writer : Nina Agadzhanova
Nikolai Aseyev
Sergei M. Eisenstein
Sergei Tretyakov
Genre : Drama
Country : Soviet Union
Language : Silent
Producer : Jacob Bliokh
Photography : Vladimir Popov
Eduard Tisse
IMDB ID : 0015648
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Aleksandr Antonov Grigory Vakulinchuk, Bolshevik Sailor
Vladimir Barsky Commander Golikov
Grigori Aleksandrov Chief Officer Giliarovsky
Ivan Bobrov Young Sailor, flogged while sleeping (as I. Bobrov
Mikhail Gomorov Militant Sailor
Aleksandr Levshin Petty Officer
N. Poltavseva Woman With Pince-nez
Konstantin Feldman Student Agitator
Prokopenko Mother Carrying Wounded Boy
A. Glauberman Wounded Boy
Beatrice Vitoldi Woman With Baby Carriage
Brodsky .... Student) 
Julia Eisenstein Woman With Food for Sailors
Sergei M. Eisenstein Odessa Citizen
Andrei Fajt Recruit (as A. Fait
Korobei Legless Veteran
Marusov Officer
Protopopov Old Man
Repnikova Woman on the Steps
Vladimir Uralsky Student


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. The movie revolves around an uprising on board the Battleship Potemkin (Bronenoset Potemkin) in 1905. Conditions on the ship are unbearable, which in turn incites revolutionary fervor among the sailors, most notably within the character of Vakulinchik. After the ship's doctor declares rancid meat safe to eat, the sailors buy provisions at the canteen in a show of protest. The Admiral then orders all those who ate the borsch made with the meat to step under the cannons in a show of loyalty. Those who do not are covered under a tarp and ordered shot. Vakulinchik then implores his shipmates to rise up against those who oppress them, namely the officers of the ship. All the officers are killed and the ship is liberated. During the uprising, Vakulinchik dies. His body his placed on the docks in the Odessa harbor as a symbol of the revolution. The citizens of Odessa rally around his body and join the Potemkin in their revolt. Cossaks then come, in one of the most famous scenes of the film, and slaughter the helpless citizens on the steps leading to the harbor, effectively ending the revolt in Odessa. A fleet of battleships then comes to destroy the Potemkin...


A true Masterpiece from Eisentstein 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.
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