Notes by Leslie Halliwell from sources other than his Film Guide:

In 1925 the Soviet authorities commissioned a series of films to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 1905 revolution. However, during the making of the first part – a story of mutiny aboard the naval ship Potemkin – plans for a series were abandoned when the 27 year-old director, Sergei Eisenstein, became preoccupied with the cinematic possibilities offered by the Odessa Steps.

Halliwell comments, in the Filmgoer’s Companion:

‘Eisenstein, directing his second film, used the theme not merely as propaganda but as a means to develop his cinematic technique. The editing of the massacre sequence on the steps is justly famous and has frequently been copied.’

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Year: 1925
Studio: Goskino
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