Battleship Potemkin

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In Brief: It wasn't that long ago that Sergei Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin — then known mostly as Potemkin — was in the top five of nearly all lists of the greatest films ever made. While the 1925 Soviet film seems to have been downgraded in recent years, it remains an essential of cinematic literacy, one of the most influential (and referenced) of all movies and simply an amazingly entertaining, involving film. The story of a mutiny on the title battleship during the 1905 revolution still works on an audience today. The film is not a meditation, it’s a shout — a shout that is at once defiant and celebratory. Eisenstein was a master at creating suspense — largely through his editing — and he plays it for all it is worth. It isn’t necessary to be in agreement with its politics — art knows no frontiers — in order to see its greatness. This excerpt was taken from a review by Ken Hanke published on May 13, 2014.
Genre: Drama
Director: Sergei Eisenstein
Starring: Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barsky, Grigori Aleksandrov, Ivan Bobrov
Rated: NR

The Asheville Film Society will screen Battleship Potemkin on Tuesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. at The Grail Moviehouse, hosted by Xpress movie critic Scott Douglas.

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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