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The Battleship Potemkin

The Battleship Potemkin(1925)

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  • The famous Odessa steps sequence was not originally in the script, but was devised during production.
  • Charlie Chaplin said it was his favorite movie
  • The flag seen flying on the ship after the crew has mutinied was white, which is the color of the tsars, but this was done so that it could be hand painted red on the celluloid, which is the color of communism. Since this is a black and white film, if the flag would have been red, it would have shown up black in the film.
  • The movie was released in Moscow in 1925. It was competing for box office with Robin Hood (1922), an American movie starring Douglas Fairbanks. The Soviet government hoped Potemkin would earn more than Robin Hood in its opening week, as this would be a symbol of the revitalization of Russian arts after the Revolution. In the event, Robin Hood won, but it was a close race.

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