Battleship Potemkin Film Review

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The Battleship Potemkin is noted for both its cinematography as well as its political standings. Eisenstein used his movie to test his montage theories in filmmaking as well as display his political opinions to the masses. The most famous scene in the movie, “The Odessa Staircase Scene” known to many for it’s brutal slaying by the Cossacks is a symbol for the many smaller revolutions that took place in and around Odessa on the arrival of the Potemkin in the harbor. Other scenes in the movie depicted more true to life events in the 1905 revolutions, but audiences cheered harder for the captains that were overthrow for making the crew eat rotten meat. One of the first symbolic things that were noted in the film was the officers and the workers. The workers are driven to mutiny. The officers represented the czar and the oppressive laws enforced by a government still driven by wealth and a class system. The beginning of the mutiny scene we see where a tarp is thrown over select sailors as they were to be killed. It is symbolic because the tarp over the sailors shows that the czar knew a revolt is about to happen and he was trying to hold it down or cover it up. The sailors on the ship had enough of the iron fist ruling of both the oppressive government and the officers. The crew was not treated well for the service they were performing for their country. They were forced to eat substandard food that was rotting and covered in maggots. This had symbolized the need for change in how the government treated the poor and working class people. For many of the viewers these scenes were harsh to watch as they had felt what the sailors were going through while on the ship. The oppressiveness of the government can be felt by the end of the scene with one single soldier giving his life for others to succeed in changing the ways of oppression. As the Potemkin
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