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Battleship Potemkin in the museum


he year 2016 is named the Year of Cinema in Russia. In this regard, the Museum of the World Ocean has planned the events devoted to cinematographic art. It starts on January 20 in the Naval Centre where visitors can watch the film which premiere took place 90 years ago, on January 18, 1926.

The legendary film Battleship Potemkin was released in 1925. The movie is based on the mutiny occurred in 1905 when the crew rebelled against their officers. The film director S. Eisenstein did not expect that his silent black and white movie would become a masterpiece and amaze both contemporaries and audience of the XXI century spoilt with special effects. In 1926, during the first three weeks the film was watched by 300 thousand people in Moscow.

The film was very successful in Germany. When it was banned in one of towns, locals protested. After it was sold to Germany and re-edited, the world distribution of Battleship Potemkin differed from the original version: sailors are executed in the end but not in the beginning. Later, the film was censored in the USSR – some scenes were deleted and changed. And still the missing parts of Battleship Potemkin are being looked for. Gennadiy Poloka, Russian film director of Тhe Return of Battleship, thinks that “the world cinematography still has not experienced such a large scale of the events presented in the movie Battleship Potemkin”. He also mentioned in one interview that “about 100 films use the principle of the “Odessa Steps”. Indeed, the scenes on the “Odessa Steps” are still the most emotional in the world cinematography. They make you feel a participant of these horrible events.

Critics still name Battleship Potemkin the greatest film of all time. The score was recorded in 1930, for the second time – in 1950 and restored in 1976. The latest film version was produced by Sergey Yutkevich, art adviser, and Dmitriy Vasiliev, film director. 

You are welcome to the Naval Centre of the Museum of the World Ocean on January 20 - 31. The film runs every hour.


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