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Stream it on Netflix Old School Edition

Battleship Potemkin

Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein
Writer:  Nina Agadzhanova
Starring:  Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barsky, Grigori Aleksandrov
Review by: Griff

Ok, so this is a real throwback movie. It was made in 1925. So yes, its black and white, and its silent. This one is probably only going to appeal to a certain select few actual movie geeks out there, but I saw it recently and I wanted to give it a mention.

Loosely based on actual events, the movie tells the story of a mutiny that takes place aboard a battleship in 1905. This was during the start of the Russian Revolution and it depicts the sailors rebelling against their tsarist dictators. It was made as a propaganda film to support the communist movement in Russia.

The film is probably most well known for the famous (or infamous) “Odessa Steps Sequence.” During this segment of the film protesters are fired upon by Tsarist soldiers. Many people are shot including a small child, and his mother, and a baby carriage is sent tumbling down the steps with the baby on board. The whole sequence was considered extremely graphic for its time and this movie was actually given an X rating in Britain until 1978. Many other movies have “borrowed” from the sequence including the baby carriage scene in “The Untouchables.”

The movie was recently listed in Empire magazine as one of 500 greatest films of all time and its on the list of 1001 movies you must see before you die. So if you are fan of movie history and hardcore movie geek like myself you should check it out.

(if you don’t have Netflix you can watch this movie for free on IMDB!)

 

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