Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein’s feature-length masterwork rages against the machine. Segmented into five vignettes, Potemkin dramatized a 1905 mutiny staged by the crew of a Russian battleship against their tyrannical commanding officers. Completely subjective in its point-of-view, the film made no mystery of its message: Russia’s then-tsarist leaders were bad news. This point was drilled into viewers’ heads during Potemkin’s most iconic sequence, a rather jaw-dropping public massacre of innocent citizens on large outdoor steps. Even in black-and-white, this one’s red all over.
THE BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN (1925)
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