April 1, 2021

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Jose Fresan

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Battleship Potemkin: A Silent Film Classic

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In 1925, the iconic soviet film Battleship Potemkin was released and it changed the world of cinema forever. The film directed by Sergei Eisenstein it’s considered one of the great masterpieces in film history. It presents a dramatized version of the mutiny that occurred in 1905 when the crew of …

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In 1925, the iconic soviet film Battleship Potemkin was released and it changed the world of cinema forever. The film directed by Sergei Eisenstein it’s considered one of the great masterpieces in film history. It presents a dramatized version of the mutiny that occurred in 1905 when the crew of the Russian battleship Potemkin rebelled against its officers.

There are several iconic moments in the film, one of them is the rising of a red flag in a entirely black and white film. In the film, the rebels raise a red flag on the battleship, but the black-and-white film stock of the period made the color red look black, so a white flag was used instead. Eisenstein hand-tinted the flag in red in 108 frames for the premiere at the Grand Theatre, which was greeted with thunderous applause by the Bolshevik audience.

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One of the most memorable sequences of the film and an iconic moment in cinema’s history is the massacre in Odessa. This sequence has been assessed as a “classic” and one of the most influential in the history of cinema, and has been referenced in many films throughout the years.

As you can see Battleship Potemkin is a must see classic and fortunately it is free to watch on You Tube.