Battleship Potemkin
Battleship Potemkin (1925)

After the success of Strike (1924), Sergei Eisenstein was commissioned by the Soviet government to make a film commemorating the uprising of 1905. Eisenstein's scenario, boiled down from what was to have been a multipart epic of the… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 24, 1925
DVD Release Date: October 7, 1998
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Consensus: A technical masterpiece, Battleship Potemkin is Soviet cinema at its finest, and its montage editing techniques remain influential to this day.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

The most brilliant of all Soviet silent films.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

For all Potemkin's rabble-rousing propaganda, Eisenstein's aestheticism is everywhere apparent.

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Robert Herring

The thing that matters is that Soviet [cinema], while being propagandist, contains a use of all the different branches of film-making which is recognised and practised in no other country.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

The cinema's first modernist... was the Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein. As his most famous work, Battleship Potemkin, from 1925, shows, his analytical, quasi-scientific methods bore the mark of both aesthetic and political upheavals.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

It is a knockout.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

Potemkin is a vital viewing experience that transcends its landmark/milestone status.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

The director displays a vivid imagination and an artistic appreciation of motion picture values.

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Andrew O'Hehir

A work of straightforward emotion and pulse-quickening tension.

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Peter Bradshaw

Eisenstein's film still has a hypnotic urgency.

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Spencer S.
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Steven Carrier
Eisentsein's "Battleship Potemkin" is an undeniable game changer for film and he ushered in a whole new way of perceiving editing theory, but as… More
Daniel Mumby
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Aj V
Great movie, but somewhat boring. I didn't get to watch the entire movie yet, though. I plan on watching it again.
Drew Smith
Well, it kicks the shit out of Birth of a Nation, at least.
Devon Bott
Comically exaggerated versions of good and evil are paraded before the ignorant masses in order to inspire a great emotional response... No it's not the… More