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Battleship Potemkin (The Special Edition)
Sergei Eisenstein's revolutionary sophomore feature has so long stood as a textbook example of montage editing that many have forgotten what an invigoratingly cinematic experience he created. A 20th-anniversary tribute to the 1905 revolution, Eisenstein portrays the revolt in microcosm with a dramatisation of the real-life mutiny aboard the battleship Potemkin. The story tells a familiar party-line message of the oppressed working class (in this case the enlisted sailors) banding together to overthrow their oppressors (the ship's officers), led by proto-revolutionary Vakulinchuk. When he dies in the shipboard struggle the crew lays his body to rest on the pier, a moody, moving scene where the citizens of Odessa slowly emerge from the fog to pay their respects. As the crowd grows Eisenstein turns the tenor from mourning a fallen comrade to celebrating the collective achievement. The government responds by sending soldiers and ships to deal with the mutinous crew and the supportive townspeople, which climaxes in the justly famous (and often imitated and parodied) Odessa Steps massacre. Eisenstein edits carefully orchestrated motions within the frame to create broad swaths of movement, shots of varying length to build the rhythm, close-ups for perspective and shock effect, and symbolic imagery for commentary, all to create one of the most cinematically exciting sequences in film history. Eisenstein's film is Marxist propaganda to be sure but the power of this masterpiece lies not in its preaching but its poetry. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Has to be on the list of the top five best movies ever made. The black and white shoot adds another dimension of edginess to the film.Published on May 28 2013 by Diran B. Horozian
Many silent films are difficult to sit through, even if the film contains a strong message such as The Birth of a Nation. Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2008 by Brandon P. Reekers
A movie that contains some very clever sequences and shots, particularly those of the massacre on the steps of the city. There isn't much of a story though. Read morePublished on Aug. 7 2004 by Jonathon Allsopp
The movie: 5 stars.
The dvd edition: 2 stars, okay picture, good score, no special features, average on the whole.
A nice little DVD edition, if you get it cheap. Read more
Most of the reviews posted here unfortunately review the film, not the product for sale. Little else can be said about Battleship Potemkin, Eisenstein's masterpiece and one of the... Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2004
Remembering that the film was both a product and a tool of the Soviet political machine, the hatred of the Tsarists is evident throughout. Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2004
With modern multi-million dollar blockbusters with computer effects, an OLD film like this can be difficult to watch. With the masterful scoring, it justs adds to the effect. Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2003 by Amazon Customer
Battleship Potempkin is an historic milestone, and is useful for future directors to watch, but the film itself shows too many flaws to be in itself entertaining. Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2003 by Drew Olds