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Battleship Potemkin (1925)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

Battleship Potemkin (1925, Soviet Union) (aka Броненосец Потёмкин)

In Russian director Sergei Eisenstein's classic film with revolutionary uses of montage and editing:

  • the extremely famous Odessa Steps montage sequence of the indiscriminate execution and massacre of civilians by rows of the Czar's Cossack's troops who fired indiscriminately - during the failed, real-life 1905 revolution - including these images:

Mass Flight Down Steps
Cossack Troops Firing
Woman Shot in the Face
Mother Killed, Causing Runaway Baby Carriage

- fearful citizens fled wild gunfire by running down the stone steps
- a mother picked up her wounded, bloodied, and trampled young son, and walked back up the steps to face the Cossack soldiers; she spoke: "Don't shoot! My boy is very ill"; but she faced a firing squad and was shot dead
- a young mother was cut down and her baby carriage carrying her infant bounced and tumbled down the harbor steps in Odessa (later copied in Brazil (1985), and The Untouchables (1987))
- a woman being shot in the face (shattering her glasses)

Death on the Odessa Steps - Young Boy Shot

Mother with Bloodied, Trampled Boy in Her Arms

Firing Squad Kills Woman with Son


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