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The Battleship Potemkin
1925, Russia

shown  November 2001

“one of the fundamental landmarks of cinema”

Commissioned by the Russian revolutionary leadership for the 20th anniversary of an uprising, which Lenin saw as the first proof that troops could be counted on to join the proletariat in overthrowing the old order, the movie revolves around an uprising on board the Battleship Potemkin in 1905. 

The film's co-director, Sergei Eisenstein, was one of cinema's first formal theoreticians. The film is a fine example of his pioneering work in editing. The Battleship 
Potemkin has been so famous for so long that it is almost impossible to come to it with a fresh eye. But we plan to try.

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