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The Battleship Potemkin

The Battleship Potemkin, sometimes rendered as The Battleship Potyomkin, is a 1925 silent film directed by Sergei Eisenstein and produced by Mosfilm. It presents a dramatized version of the mutiny that occurred in 1905 when the crew of the Russian Battleship Potemkin rebelled against their officers of the Tsarist regime.

The Battleship Potemkin has been called one of the most influential prpaganda films of all time, and was named the greatest film of all time at the Brussels World Fair in 1958. The film is in the public domain in some parts of the world.thumb|300px|right

The Odessa Steps sequenceEdit

The most celebrated scene in the film is the massacre of civilians on the Odessa Steps. In this scene, theTsar's Cossacks in their white summer tunics march down a seemingly endless flight of steps in a rhythmic, machine-like fashion firing volleys into a crowd. The victims include the family of an old woman wearing Prince-nez, a young boy with his mother, a young ex-Tsarist officer, and a young schoolgirl. Other victims are a man with curly hair and glasses and a mother who is pushing a baby in a baby carriage. As she falls to the ground, dying, she leans against the carriage, nudging it away; it rolls down the steps amidst the fleeing crowd.
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