Bronenosets Potyomkin / Battleship Potemkin / Броненосец Потемкин (1925) DVD9 + DVD5
This is, rightly, Eisenstein's best-known film and is, indeed, one of the most famous films yet made.
It tells part of the story of the failed 1905 Russian revolution and it concerns itself with one of the ships of the Black Sea fleet. Moral in the Russian navy was at a low after its recent defeat in the war against Japan. Conditions onboard the Potemkin are poor and when the crew refuse to eat the inedible, rotting food, the martinet of a captain decides to make an example of some sailors by having them executed. This proves too much for the crew and they rebel, casting the officers overboard. One of the ringleaders, Vakulinchuk, is killed in the struggle and his body is taken ashore to Odessa harbour. The people of Odessa are inspired by his example and they bring fresh food out to the sailors. For a day, all is joy. Then the authorities send troops in to massacre the unarmed civilians on the Odessa steps in one of the most moving (and parodied) scenes in cinema. The ship opens fire on the oppressors and then sails out to meet the rest of the Black Sea fleet, and history.

For eight decades, Sergei Eisenstein's 1925 masterpiece has remained the most influential silent film of all time. Yet each successive generation has seen BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN subjected to censorship and recutting, its unforgettable power diluted in unauthorized public domain editions from dubious sources. Until now. Kino is proud to join the Deutsche Kinematek in association with Russia's Goskinofilm, the British Film Institute, Bundesfilm Archive Berlin, and the Munich Film Museum in presenting this all new restoration of BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN. Dozens of missing shots have been replaced, and all 146 title cards restored to Eisenstein's specifications. Edmund Meisel's definitive 1926 score, magnificently rendered by the 55-piece Deutches Filmorchestra in 5.1 Stereo Surround, returns Eisenstein's masterwork to a form as close to its creator's bold vision as has been seen since the film's triumphant 1925 Moscow premiere.

DVD9 + DVD5 | NTSC 4:3 | 01:09:09 or 01:08:45 | 5.14 Gb + 3.35 Gb + 3% rec
Audio: music track Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: Disc 1: English intertitles; Disc 2: Russian intertitles + English subtitles
Genre: Drama, History, War

Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein
Actors: Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barsky, Grigori Aleksandrov, Ivan Bobrov, Mikhail Gomorov, Aleksandr Levshin, Konstantin Feldman
Country: Soviet Union

Extras (disc 1):
• Tracing Battleship Potemkin (42 minutes)
• Photo gallery

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