Restoration Brings "Potemkin" Back to Full Glory

"Battleship Potemkin," one of the most powerful and influential films of the silent era, has been restored to its original, uncensored version. Some of the Soviet film's more violent images had been removed, as had some of its more revolutionary speechifying. German restorers, working with some of the excised footage, labored for three years on the longer version. Directed by Sergei Eisenstein, "Potemkin" tells the story of a mutiny on a Russian battleship.



geraldo clough

You know how those old Hollywood movies, especially the silent ones, look a lot like filmed plays? The 1931 Dracula springs to mind. Potemkin is so cool because it is not a stage type of movie: it uses many outdoor locations and the famous montage editing is fantastic. This is one heck of a movie and I can't wait to watch this version. A must see... action fans will not be disappointed; even the scenes where a potential mutiny is discussed are fascinating and exciting. It's films like this that make one wonder what would have happened to the Russian film "industry" had Stalin not come to power. In a lot of ways this is a modern film.

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Feb 15 - 03:38 PM

Now it's dark

Kirby K

Again? They "restore" this every ten years or so and it plays the circuit and everybody wets their pants like nobodys ever heard of it. One of those films you will see in an intro to film community college course that most people will bitch about having to sit through. Which makes me love it all the more.

Feb 16 - 09:54 PM

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