Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB
Original title: Bronenosets Potyomkin
USSR, 1925. Goskino, Mosfilm. Screenplay by Nina Agadzhanova, intertitles by Nikolai Aseyev, Sergei Tretyakov. Cinematography by Eduard Tisse, Vladimir Popov. Music by Yati Durant, Vladimir Heifetz, Chris Lowe, Edmund Meisel, Neil Tennant. Production Design by Vasiliy Rakhais. Film Editing by Grigori Aleksandrov.
This groundbreaking silent film achieved international fame for director Sergei Eisenstein, who would later make the masterpiece Ivan The Terrible. It depicts the mutiny aboard the titular seacraft, with oppressed working-class sailors abandoning their allegiance to their captain and staging the revolt that is carried over to the streets of Odessa. The superb editing revolutionized motion picture storytelling and the “Odessa Steps” sequence (which Brian de Palma freely ripped off in The Untouchables) is still one of the most thrilling film climaxes in cinema history. The photography is hypnotic, and if you get a good print you’ll be seeing it with a terrific score (though, oddly, I find Bjork’s Homogenic album goes well with the film too).