Sonntag, 27. Februar 2011

Bronenosets Potyomkin - TSPDT #8

The rebellion of a battleship's crew becomes the symbol of the struggle of a suppressed people.

Watching this film in the restored version was quite a nice surprise. The images are strong, although the editing, still in its infancy, uses some rather clumsy techniques compared with what became standard only a couple of years later. The story is highly propagandistic obviously and the death of the "leader" of the revolt in the second part strips the film of a figure that is easy to follow - i found it hard to see a battleship as an emotional symbol.

The lighting on the faces is very interesting, usually very strong sidelights. Probably achieved with reflectors.

The new music was nice, and even had some comical elements, which I thought was surprising, but nothing as groundbreaking as the film.

I hope they will restore movies. It is definitively worth it.

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