#5. Battleship Potemkin
There's a five-minute passage in Sergei Eisenstein's 1925 Soviet classic that is perhaps the most influential movie scene of all time. It's the Odessa steps sequence, in which bayonet-brandishing soldiers march down, firing away, as the rebellious people (most of them women) stand against them in heroic protest. The sequence's signature elements the careering baby carriage, the woman shot in the eye, the broken spectacles have inspired scenes in literally hundreds of films. Potemkin revolutionized moviemaking. This two-disc edition, pieced together by Enno Patalas for the German Film Archive, restores the movie's immediacy and grandeur.
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