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November 8, 2008

The Battleship Potemkin

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Although I do not sympathize at all with the Soviet state ideology, I am, however, a huge fan of Soviet (propaganda) art. Case in point would be the poster with the eternally beautiful Lilya Brik shouting “BOOKS!”

One of the prime examples of such art would be Sergei Eisenstein’s silent film The Battleship Potemkin (1925). It documents the uprising carried out by the crew onboard the Battleship Potemkin against Tsarist officers in 1905. It has been widely considered by many to be one of the greatest films ever made. It is a must watch for all cinephiles out there. Its most famous scene is the massacre on the Odessa Steps. I don’t know how anyone can watch that scene without being moved. Extremely powerful. If you haven’t watched the film, you probably know about it. It’s one of those scenes that people actually know about without having seen the original.

It has been brought to my attention that you can watch it for free on Google Video. If you haven’t see it already, I’ll post the link so you can watch it. It’s only an hour and fifteen minutes long. So microwave a bag of popcorn, sit back, and enjoy. You’ll thank me later:

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