Sergei Eisenstein was still in knee pants when this dramatization of the Potemkin Mutiny was produced in France. What it lacks in flashy editing, it more than makes up for with painted backdrops and miniatures.
The film was shot just days after the real events and covers most of the most famous elements (the Odessa Steps sequence is unique to Battleship Potemkin) but gets the whole thing over with in just a few minutes. It’s a fascinating companion piece to the Soviet masterpiece.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.Ends abruptly with the port town in full revolution.
Read my full-length review here.
If it were a dessert it would be: Mini Chocolate Caramel Apples. You think you know the classic version but here it is… tiny!
Availability: Released on DVD as part of The Movies Begin box set. The box is a bit spendy but look out for sales because it’s still the best crash course in early cinema you can find on home video.
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Ooh, there is (now *was*) a cheap copy of that set on eBay. Thanks for the tip!
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