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Mark Suszko
"Potemkin" at 100: Still relevant
on Jan 23, 2018 at 4:44:19 pm
Last Edited By Mark Suszko on Jan 26, 2018 at 3:48:51 pm

This was one of the films that had a strong influence on me from an early age. I think I was maybe eleven or twelve the first time I came across it. Channel 11, WTTW, in Chicago, used to run this at odd hours, and relatively often, probably because they had a copy that was public domain. This, and "Metropolis" were in constant rotation in their film classics catalogue, with an occasional helping of "The Cabinet of Dr.Caligari".

Nevertheless, Battleship Potemkin showed me, at an early age, the power of film editing to communicate ideas and emotions and provoke a calculated response in the viewer, and this ability to reach into a person's mind and plant an idea and an emotion there, is a great part of why I became fascinated with TV production in school.

If you have not seen this movie, ever, except for excerpts of the Odessa Steps sequence, you really owe it a viewing on its own terms. While the pacing is not what we're used to today, the montage work still connects with force.

I'd kind of like to see a remake, maybe with a sci-fi genre' twist.

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