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Battleship Potemkin

The Battleship Potemkin

The Battleship Potemkin

Watch this film for the Odessa steps sequence – it is stunning, disturbing and consuming. Watch it for the camera placement and how the tension builds. A must-see for film students, it is the first real use of montage in film making. You can learn something new each time you watch this brilliant sequence.

The film is based on the crew rebellion on the Russian battleship in 1905 and while the rest of the film is okay, it’s not at the same level as the fictional Odessa sequence.

Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein
Genre: Drama (Silent)
[rating: 7/10]