Potemkin’s ideas endure
Rating: NNNNNBATTLESHIP POTEMKIN(Sergei Eisenstein , 1925) shows up this week at the Bloor for an eerily timely screening. See it.
BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN(Sergei Eisenstein , 1925) shows up this week at the Bloor for an eerily timely screening. See it in memory of the men who died on board the submarine Kursk, and in support of the Russian sailors rebelling against rotten food and press-gang conditions aboard the Bizon in Halifax. Watch Potemkin this way and it becomes much more than a film-school museum piece.Eisenstein drew his story from the 1905 mutiny against maggoty food and violent officers on board the Potemkin, a mutiny that led to a massacre of civilians by czarist troops in the port city of Odessa. The film now stands as Eisenstein’s most famous application of his montage theory, crashing sometimes vastly different shots together to create meaning. But Potemkin is so much more than an editing exercise. It’s a revolutionary film, in every sense. Too bad Stalin hated it. NNNNN (August 25, Bloor)