Battleship Potemkin review

It all starts with mutiny on the Potemkin, its sailors saying no to maggoty meat.

When the people on shore revolt in solidarity, the stage is set for the most famous sequence in film.

Commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 1905 revolution, Sergei Eisenstein invented the massacre on the Odessa Steps out of thin air, and with it the most brutally visceral editing cinema had ever seen.

The soldiers descend like automata, the pram begins its roll down the steps – nearly 90 years on, Eisenstein’s masterpiece is still guaranteed to get the pulse racing.


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