Thursday, September 4, 2008

The Battleship Potemkin

Sergei Eisenstein, Russia, 1925, silent, bw (8.7*) Everyone who loves cinema should see at least one Potemkin film, this is his masterpiece. It tells the story of a battleship revolt that became a revolutionary movement in pre-Bolshevik czarist Russia. Terrific camerwork, epic recreation of a historical event, astounding movie-making for the time. Potemkin is also noted for actually caused more deaths filming the "storming of the Odessa steps" sequence than the real event in 1917!

One of our first World Film Awards, as we started with 15 silent films.

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These are the individual film reviews of what I'm considering the best 1000 dvds available, whether they are films, miniseries, or live concerts. Rather than rush out all 1000 at once, I'm doing them over time to allow inclusion of new releases - in fact, 2008 has the most of any year so far, 30 titles in all; that was a very good year for films, one of the best ever.



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