Battleship Potemkin


2011 | 65 min. minutes | Rated NR

Sergei Eisenstein pretty much invented cinematic language in his 1925 silent film about rebellion on a Russian cruiser, but don’t mistake watching Potemkin as akin to reading a textbook--it’s as stirring today as it was nearly a century ago. The dizzying battle sequences and iconic riot on the Odessa stairs (you’ve seen it ripped off hundreds of times) turned what would’ve otherwise been a standard propaganda film into tension-filled art. Fully restored with its original score, this 35mm print is a rare chance to see a masterpiece in public with all the P-town Bolsheviks. Screens as part of the Northwest Film Center's Sergei Eisenstein series, along with Strike (1925), October (1928), Bezhin Meadow (1937), Ivan the Terrible Part I (1944) and Part II (1958), and Alexander Nevsky (1938).


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Film Credits
Sergei M. Eisenstein, Grigori Aleksandrov
Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barsky, Grigori Aleksandrov, Ivan Bobrov, Mikhail Gomorov, Aleksandr Levshin, N. Poltavseva, Konstantin Feldman, Prokopenko, A. Glauberman