1925: Battleship Potemkin



– Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein

– Stacker score: 92.2

– Metascore: 97

– IMDb user rating: 8

– Runtime: 66 minutes

An early master class in filmmaking, this Russian drama recounts both the 1905 uprising aboard Battleship Potemkin and the adjoining street demonstrations. It features the legendary “Odessa Steps” sequence, during which unarmed protestors square off against military officers. Sergei Eisenstein’s radical use of montage and quick-cut editing would influence a legion of subsequent directors.

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