The Battleship Potemkin

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The Battleship Potemkin (Russian: Броненосец «Потёмкин», Bronyenosyets Potyomkin), sometimes rendered as The Battleship Potyomkin, is a 1925 silent film directed by Sergei Eisenstein and produced by Mosfilm. It presents a dramatized version of the mutiny that occurred in 1905 when the crew of the Russian battleship Potemkin rebelled against their officers of the Tsarist regime.

The Battleship Potemkin has been called one of the most influential propaganda films of all time,[1][2] and was named the greatest film of all time at the Brussels World's Fair in 1958.[3][4][5]

The film is in the public domain in some parts of the world.[6]


Film style and content

The film is composed of five episodes:

  • "Men and Maggots" (Люди и черви), in which the sailors protest at having to eat rotten meat;
  • "Drama at the Harbour" (Драма на тендре), in which the sailors mutiny and their leader, Vakulinchuk, is killed;
  • "A Dead Man Calls for Justice" (Мёртвый взывает) in which Vakulinchuk's body is mourned over by the people of Odessa;
  • "The Odessa Staircase" (Одесская лестница), in which Tsarist soldiers massacre the Odessans; and
  • "The Rendez-Vous with a Squadron" (Встреча с эскадрой), in which the squadron tasked with stopping the Potemkin instead declines to engage, and its sailors cheer on the rebellious battleship.

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