Among them, a small boy runs down the staircase with his mother. Cossacks shoot from the steps above.
Sequence Analysis The Odessa Steps In The Battleship Potemkin Last Updated on Sat, 21 Jul Narrative Film Technique In the Odessa Steps sequence a crowd of friendly citizens has gathered on the steps leading down to the port of Odessa to celebrate the victory of the mutinous sailors over the Czarist officers on the battleship Potemkinwhich is now waving the red flag of revolution offshore.
Suddenly, from out of nowhere, lines of government soldiers appear at the top of the steps, and begin firing into the crowd. The action of this scene alone is an attraction or spectacle. As filmmakers have always known, violent images have an irresistible attraction for spectators, for the same reason that people find it hard not to look when driving by a highway disaster.
While being caught in the line of fire is bad enough, the stuff of nightmares, the last place one would want to be if this were actually to happen would be on a lengthy flight of stairs. Steps are always a precarious place to be under any circumstances, because they threaten us with loss of balance.
Much of the action at the beginning of the Odessa Steps sequence involves images of people losing their balance, tripping, and falling as they desperately try to flee the gunfire.
Eisenstein even strapped a camera to an acrobat and had him do a flip to obtain topsyturvy footage that approximated the point of view of someone falling headfirst downstairs. Thus the first person we see fleeing is a man without legs.
We watch him desperately thrusting himself down the stairs supported only by his arms. Soon after, a one-legged man on crutches appears, who negotiates the steps with even more difficulty than the legless man.
In quick succession, interspersed with long shots of the crowds of people fleeing en masse, we see a woman with a sick child, a group of elderly men and women, and, toward the end of the sequence, and most pathetically of all, a young mother who has somehow found herself stranded on the steps with an infant in an unwieldy baby carriage.
She is horribly caught between the murderous soldiers above and the endless flight of steps below.
Eisenstein compels us to watch in shock and fascination as terrible fates befall the citizens of Odessa. The sick child is shot by the soldiers and falls, his body splayed on the steps.
His mother, in her own state of panic, at first does not notice and keeps running. Suddenly aware that her son has fallen behind, she starts back up the stairs to find him.
She watches in agony as fleeing citizens trample his body. She picks up the body of her desperately hurt child, but, instead of fleeing, she continues her ascent up the stairs, to confront the soldiers with what they have done. After a suspenseful build-up, as the mother approaches closer and closer to the soldiers, appealing to them not to shoot because her child is ill, mother and child are brutally shot down, as are a group of elderly citizens who have followed the mother up the stairs to join in her appeal to the soldiers.
The young mother trapped on the huge flight of stairs with the baby carriage is shot in the stomach.
Her body, as it falls, pushes the carriage with her infant off the landing sending the helpless baby rolling down the huge flight of steps to certain death. At the bottom of the steps murderous Cossacks on horseback armed with swords cut off the escape routes of those who have survived to reach the bottom.
A woman wearing a pince-nez is shot in the right eye. Blood spurts from underneath the shattered lens.Battleship Potemkin, Russian Bronenosets Potyomkin, Soviet silent film, released in , that was director Sergey M. Eisenstein’s tribute to the early Russian revolutionaries and is widely regarded as a masterpiece of international cinema.
Jul 19, · "The Battleship Potemkin” has been so famous for so long that it is almost impossible to come to it with a fresh eye.
It is one of the fundamental landmarks of cinema. Its famous massacre on the Odessa Steps has been quoted so many times in other films (notably in “The Untouchables”) that it's 4/4.
Battleship Potemkin () Reference View. Trivia: The flag seen flying on the ship after the crew had mutinied was white, which is the color of the tsars, but this was done so that it could be hand-painted red on the celluloid, which is the color of communism.
Battleship Potemkin (Russian: Бронено́сец «Потёмкин», Bronenosets Potyomkin), sometimes rendered as Battleship Potyomkin, is a Soviet silent film directed by .
Battleship Potemkin Scene from Battleship Potemkin (). Goskino/photograph, the Museum of Modern Art/Film Stills Archive, New York City Although agitational to the core, Battleship Potemkin is a work of extraordinary pictorial beauty and great elegance of form.
The Art of Montage: Battleship Potemkin. Montage — Many films probably come to mind when thinking of that word. Montage is a popular artistic choice in movies and television.
It enables the filmmaker to emote a feeling while using minimal to no dialogue.