Sergei Eisenstein • USSR • 1925
Odessa, 1905. Enraged with the deplorable conditions onboard, the crew of Potemkin considers the unthinkable: mutiny. Seizing control of the ship and raising the red flag of revolution, the sailors' revolt reaches further, rallying a disenchanted Russian populace. When a ruthless White Russian cavalry arrives to crush the rebellion, one of the most famous film sequences in cinema history ensues.
For eight decades, Sergei Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin has remained the most influential silent film of all time, despite its continued subjection to censorship and recutting. Restored by Deutsche Kinematek in association with Russia's Goskinofilm, the British Film Institute, Bundesfilm Archive Berlin, and the Munich Film Museum, this version includes dozens of missing shots and all 146 title cards in line with Eisenstein's specifications. Edmund Meisel's definitive original score, magnificently rendered by the 55-piece Deutches Filmorchestra in 5.1 Stereo Surround, returns the masterwork to a form as close to its creator's bold vision as has been seen since its 1925 Moscow premiere.