Battleship Potemkin details
|Formats:||PG DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Grigori Alexandrov, Vladimir Barsky, Mikhail Gomorov, Alexander Antonov|
|Genres:||Drama - War, World Cinema - Russian|
|Run time:||1 hour 14 minutes|
|Rental release:||17 Jan 2000|
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Left of the middleBy a customer from Sheffield, England , 07 Jul 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]I was interested in this film as it continually crops up in top 100 lists. The film is about an uprising in Russia during the first world war that begins on the Battleship Potemkin. It is impossible to distance the film from the label 'propoganda' as it depicts the brave workers struggle against the evil officers in a simplistic fashion. However, two things recommend the film. First, the photography is excellent capturing the mood of the uprising well. Second, the film is a record of an important event in Russian history, which had far reaching consequences for Russian politics. Overall I would say it is an interesting film rather than an enjoyable film, more like a documentary than a piece of entertainment.
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What about Kronstadt???By a customer , 01 Dec 2012Obviously a great film. The steps of Odesssa. Lots of great stuff, but basically soviet agitprop. Bolshevik propaganda: what about the Krondstadt rebellion? Eisenstein is a great creator of course....
Film of Symphonic IntensityBy Seedyvee (183 reviews) from Grantham , 16 Jul 2012Soundtracked by symphonic music of inexorable power and determination this film takes its course in a single sweep of cinematic intensity. There are the usual splendid juxtapositions of panoramic views of a whole body of people acting as one with the detailed moments of personal suffering of individuals.
The photography itself is masterful particularly of the harbour scenes creating suspense at that crucial moment where the body of the mutinee is displayed for the contemplation of the people.
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Great Film Historic ClassicBy a customer , 11 Jan 2012This is a really good film i though black and white silent must be rubbish but now i know why critics describe it as an all time classic!
the glory and splendour of old cinemaBy lukasz84 (75 reviews) , 04 Jan 2012highly pitched throughout, eisentein's masterpiece boasts an incredible score which synchronizes with the film in the most organic mutual symbiosis. it is a joy to see, as much as it is a joy to listen.
there is world-class, strong suspense, hard action, and the cherry on the cake- the heart- wrenching drama. all these elements are positioned and maintained at a very high note throughout the film, which is an achievement in its own right.
more praise is bestowed on the work, when one learns the director was only 27 when assembling and masterminding this cinematic spectacle.
it has the splendour, expressiveness and ambience that no digitally enhanced special effects, or 3D wonders can ever match.
Celebrating the revolution back in the USSRBy Zamy (552 reviews) from London , 13 Oct 2011Highly rated for its innovative use of film montage this movie is regularly rated amongst the top 10 films of all time. Propaganda for the early Soviet Union this may be but it is certainly one of the best silent films and the assemblage of shots is quite stupendous. The film really draws you in to the plight of the sailors who have to endure horrendous conditions in Tsarist Russia. After the Odessa steps sequence (one of the most famous in all cinema history) the last scenes show a falling off from what has gone before. Never mind, this is one film that falls into the must see category.