The Battleship Potemkin is an unrelenting journey into the heart of revolutionary Russia. This is truly filmmaking at it’s most impactful.
Sergei Eisenstein’s skill in editing is what makes this movie in its finer points. The whole film is essentially told in montage. The film’s use of rapid cross-cutting and fast paced editing gives a very interestingly absorbing quality to the material; we fall easier into it, because it seems more like a modern movie that way, yet another example of why this was so ahead of its time. There’s a lot of stark imagery here, mostly thanks to the bleak yet eerily captivating cinematography. The Odessa Staircase sequence is absolutely masterful in just about every way, and so revolutionary it’s amazing to think about what it must have been like to see this in the 1920s.
This is without a doubt one of the best propaganda films of all time, and one of the greatest of all works of cinema. Definitely check this one out, and give it a serious run-through.
Arbitrary Rating: 10/10