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BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN
January 31, 2021  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 12:00 a.m. ET

 
It’s not very often that this 1925 silent movie by Sergei Eisenstein is televised. That’s putting it mildly. But as tonight’s centerpiece offering in TCM’s Silent Movie Sundays, Battleship Potemkin is especially resonant, and worth seeking out. It’s set mostly aboard a battleship at the start of the Russian Revolution of 1905, and ends with a street demonstration that turns into a violent, bloody clash with police on the Odessa steps. It’s such a famous film sequence that it's been alluded to by other films and filmmakers, in such varied movies as Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables and Woody Allen’s Bananas. In both cases brilliantly, by the way…
 
 
 
 
 
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