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Battleship Potemkin [2 Discs] [DVD] [Eng/Rus] [1925]

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Special Features

  • "Tracing Battleship Potemkin," a 42 minute documentary on the making and restoration of the film
  • The restored film with newly translated English intertitles
  • The Restored film with original Russian intertitles (and optional English subtitles)
  • The original 1926 Edmund Meisel score, performed by the Deutsches Filmorchestra, presented in 5.1 Stereo Surround
  • Photo gallery


Battleship Potemkin
After the success of Strike (1924), Sergei Eisenstein was commissioned by the Soviet government to make a film commemorating the uprising of 1905. Eisenstein's scenario, boiled down from what was to have been a multipart epic of the occasion, focussed on the crew of the battleship Potemkin. Fed up with the extreme cruelties of their officers and their maggot-ridden meat rations, the sailors stage a violent mutiny. This, in turn, sparks an abortive citizens' revolt against the Czarist regime. The film's centerpiece is staged on the Odessa Steps, where the Czar's Cossacks methodically shoot down rioters and innocent bystanders alike. Known as "The Odessa Steps sequence," this is often considered the most famous scene ever filmed; it is certainly one of the most imitated, perhaps most overtly by Brian De Palma in The Untouchables (1987). This triumph of Eisenstein's "rhythmic editing" technique occurs in the middle of film, not as the climax, as more current film structure might do it. All the actors in the film were amateurs, selected by Eisenstein because of their "rightness" as types for their roles. Pictorial quality varies from print to print, but even in a duped-down version, Battleship Potemkin is must-see cinema. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Vladimir Barsky - The Capt.
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    Marusov - Officer
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    Mikhail Gomorov - Sailor Motyushenko
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    I. Bobrov - Recruit
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    Repnikova - zhenshchina na lestnitse
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