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Battleship Potemkin
Battleship Potemkin
Sergei Eisenstein
72 min

The most influential of all montage films, Battleship Potemkin remains as audacious and inspiring as ever. Conceived as a work of unabashed Soviet propaganda, it also offers a richly nuanced portrait of life in turn-of-the-century Odessa and an astonishingly complex demonstration of the psychological effects of shifts in camera position, light, and rhythm. The climactic sequence demonstrates that montage provides both a powerful tool of persuasion and a uniquely cinematic way of seeing the invisible. This restoration allows viewers to experience the fiery beauty of cinematographer Eduard Tisse's imagery and Sergei Eisenstein's explosive juxtapositions alongside the propulsive score Edmund Meisel prepared for the film's 1926 European premiere.