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  • Actors: Aleksandr Antonov
  • Directors: Sergei Eisenstein
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Quality Information Publishers, Inc.
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B001BX08LQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #611,122 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Battleship Potemkin is a feature film classic from master Russian director Sergei Eisenstein. The thrust of the movie is a dramatic retelling of the events leading to the Bolshevik Revolution. The film centers on Russian ship Prince Potemkin where a horribly bloody mutiny took place. Eisenstein signals this as the jumping off point for the Revolution. The cast of the film were all amateur hand picked by Eisenstein, and his treatment of people in the film lends more to the character of masses than to individuals. This is truly Eisenstein's most powerful and lasting work. Battleship Potemkin soars as one of the greatest silent films ever made.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 21, 2010
Incorporated in 2004, QUALITY INFORMATION PUBLISHERS is an indie outfit based in Asheville, NC that specializes in rare and obscure movies and educational materials. They have an extensive online catalog, and a website that includes an 800 number and gmail addy.

Sergei Eisenstein's BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN portrays an early event of the people's uprising of 1905-- an incident aboard a Tsarist battleship that turned deadly.

The ship's crew hung out several rotting sides of beef that had just been delivered as a way of protest, saying they wouldn't eat this wormy stuff anymore. When the medical officer examined the meat, he saw it was crawling but still said: "Those aren't worms... they're only maggots. Just wash them off with brine; the meat's perfectly fine."

The foul meat was prepared as soup that none of the enlisted men touched. Soon after, everyone was assembled on deck. The second officer in command said: "All who ate soup, step forward." Only ship's officers did so. The angry 2nd officer said he'd hang everyone else from the yardarm. Then he called for a firing squad of Marines. A tarpaulin was thrown over a large group of sailors standing on the quarterdeck, in preparation for execution.

One sailor who was further back rallied the other men. He stood on a bulkhead, pleading with the Marines to not kill their brothers. They lowered their weapons. This is when things got chaotic-- mutiny on a grand scale. During the struggle, the man who ignited the violence with his plea of mercy was gunned down by the 2nd officer, who in response got immediately tossed overboard along with the captain, medical officer and 4 others.

The hero of the uprising's body was laid in a tent on the Odessa docks. A sign on his chest read: "Killed because of soup.
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