Name: Battleship Potemkin
Director: Sergei Eisenstein
Release Date: 1925
· Aleksandr Antonov — Grigory Vakulinchuk (Bolshevik Sailor)
· Vladimir Barsky — Commander Golikov
· Grigori Aleksandrov — Chief Officer Giliarovsky
· Ivan Bobrov — Young Sailor Flogged While Sleeping (as I. Bobrov)
· Mikhail Gomorov — Militant Sailor
· Aleksandr Levshin — Petty Officer
· N. Poltavseva — Woman With Pince-nez
· Konstantin Feldman — Student Agitator
· Beatrice Vitoldi — Woman with the baby carriage
The story of the crew of the Russian battleship Potempkin’s mutiny and the uprising against the Tsarist Regime.
As an entertainment film, I would say that Battleship Potempkin isn’t the best. However, The film was not made for entertainment purposes. It is a propaganda film, which is a film that is meant only to send a message. I think this one did the job. There is, near the end of the film, a police massacre in the town which tells the story of the Bolshevik uprising. That in itself sends a message. I think this film was a really good one.
I was a bit confused at first as to who was who in the film. I get that way with black and white silent films. But I was able to sort it all out by the middle of the film.