It’s not often you hear or read about really old films, unless you’re either studying them at university or are just a huge movie buff, and especially if that film happens to be a 1920’s black and white silent Russian film. But one of those films I had often heard about, and read about, was just that, a 1925 silent movie in glorious black and white called The Battleship Potemkin.
Even though by today’s standards these old films don’t look like much, their importance to the evolution of film is undeniable. So, with that in mind, I was more than happy to give the film a review when I saw it pop up on my possible review list.
I must say these old films don’t pull their punches with what they are trying to say, and seeing as this film is very much a Russian revolution film, it directly attacks both the rich and religious making them all out to be either crazy or nasty people. As stated above, there’s also an amazing sequence with people dying by the dozen on a huge stone staircase.
Considering the age of the film, even today’s audience member must be able to see how grand an achievement of film making it was, and especially to have done that 85 years ago with a lot less technology. So, as far as 1920’s black and white silent Russian cinema goes, it was a bloody good film and I can see how it would have roused the masses in its day in front of a communist crowd.
8 out of 10 from me!!!