Down with tyranny!”
— Citizens of Odessa, from the 1925 film Battleship Potemkin. 1925. British Film Institute’s 50 Greatest Films of all time. Directed by Sergei Eisenstein. Movie quotes
The sustained influence of filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein.
“having proper editing is the equivalent to having proper grammar.”
Quote from from Battleship Potemkin review at wordpress blog Cinemaconfessions
Roger Ebert’s Review of Battleship Potemkin – excerpt
“The Battleship Potemkin” has been so famous for so long that it is almost impossible to come to it with a fresh eye. It is one of the fundamental landmarks of cinema. Its famous massacre on the Odessa Steps has been quoted so many times in other films (notably in “The Untouchables”) that it’s likely many viewers will have seen the parody before they see the original.
“it has become so familiar we cannot perceive it for what it is.”
The film once had such power that it was banned in many nations, including its native Soviet Union. Governments actually believed it could incite audiences to action. If today it seems more like a technically brilliant but simplistic “cartoon” that… has worn out its element of surprise–that, like the 23rd Psalm or Beethoven’s Fifth, it has become so familiar we cannot perceive it for what it is.