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Among the most discussed scenes in the history of cinema, the famous The Odessa Steps sequence from The Battleship Potemkin (1925).

The scene is perhaps the best example of Eisenstein’s theory on montage, and many films pay homage to the scene, including Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather, Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables, and George Lucas’s Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Several films spoof it, including Woody Allen’s Bananas and Love and Death, Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, Zucker, Abrahams, and Zucker’s Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult, and the Italian comedy “il secondo tragico Fantozzi” (in English, “The Second Tragic Fantozzi Movie”)

The Battleship Potemkin (Sergei Eisenstein,1925) Odessa Steps

The movie revolves around an uprising on board the Battleship Potemkin (Bronenoset Potemkin) in 1905. Conditions on the ship are unbearable, which in turn incites revolutionary fervor among the sailors, most notably within the character of Vakulinchik. After the ship’s doctor declares rancid meat safe to eat, the sailors buy provisions at the canteen in a show of protest. The Admiral then orders all those who ate the borsch made with the meat to step under the cannons in a show of loyalty. Those who do not are covered under a tarp and ordered shot. Vakulinchik then implores his shipmates to rise up against those who oppress them, namely the officers of the ship. All the officers are killed and the ship is liberated. During the uprising, Vakulinchik dies. His body his placed on the docks in the Odessa harbor as a symbol of the revolution. The citizens of Odessa rally around his body and join the Potemkin in their revolt. Cossaks then come, in one of the most famous scenes of the film, and slaughter the helpless citizens on the steps leading to the harbor, effectively ending the revolt in Odessa. A fleet of battleships then comes to destroy the Potemkin…

Battleship Potemkin 1/8 (1925)


Trailer: Battleship Potemkin with music by Christoph Pajer

This is a trailer for the film “The Battleship Potemkin” with the soundtrack composed for it by Christoph Pajer in 2005.

Written by morris

January 28, 2009 at 10:29 pm

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