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Battleship Potemkin (1925)

Issue No. 2250

Brutality in Battleship Potemkin

Brutality in Battleship Potemkin

The restored version of Sergei Eisenstein’s classic silent film about a naval mutiny in the 1905 Russian Revolution can now be seen on the big screen.

The film is still impressive with its revolutionary montages.

The sailors’ heroism as they revolt against maggot-ridden food holds its power as does the legendary scene of the Odessa steps massacre.

The British Film Institute in London is showing it alongside other classic revolutionary Russian films including The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr West in the Land of the Bolsheviks, Strike and the New Babylon.

directed by Sergei Eisenstein
On limited cinema release

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Tue 3 May 2011, 18:14 BST
Issue No. 2250
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