In the midst of the Russian Revolution of 1905, the crew of the battleship Potemkin mutiny against the brutal, tyrannical regime of the vessel's officers. The resulting street demonstration in Odessa brings on a police massacre.
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Based on the historical events the movie tells the story of a riot at the battleship Potemkin. What started as a protest strike when the crew was given rotten meat for dinner ended in a riot. The sailors raised the red flag and tried to ignite the revolution in their home port Odessa.Written by
Konstantin Dlutskii <email@example.com>
On 4 November 2005, composer Yati Durant premiered a new score for large orchestra and quadraphonic electronics for the recently restored "Berlin" version of the movie, commissioned by the Cologne University of Music. See more »
Vakulinchuk is breathing slightly as his body lies in state. See more »
In 2007, Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek, Berlin, copyrighted a reconstruction of the Russian premiere version, with English titles copyrighted by Kino International Corp., and using Edmund Meisel's 1926 music score (written for the German version) played by the German Filmorchestra Babelsberg. See more »
Battleship Potemkin is really a film of two halves. The first is a bit slow and sets the scene, showing the sailors mistreatment at the hands of their officers. Where it really livens up though, is once the action switches to the Odessa steps. Here the stirring music is the perfect accompaniment to the events and as the second half progresses a strong continual beating of the drum echoes the soldiers footsteps and indeed the heartbeats of the people you are watching. It helps build the tension until the drum is even syncing with your own heat beat as you become engrossed in the events. For me this is the true master stroke and the reason that I can let the first half go and still really recommend this film.
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