On the silver screen

Print edition : December 22, 2017

A scene from Seigei Eisenstein’s 1925 “Battleship Potemkin”, which is based on the mutiny on the Russian battleship Potemkin in 1905.

From the famous Odessa Steps sequence of the movie "Battleship Potemkin", which captured the horror of the massacre of the crowd that had gathered to welcome the mutinous soldiers.

Sergei Eisenstein, the Soviet Union’s iconic and pioneering film-maker. Photo: Bettmann Archive

A scene from Eisenstein's 1927 feature film "October", in which he chose an ordinary worker, Vassily Nikandrov, to play Lenin.

Dziga Vertov, one of the four greats of Soviet cinema. He directed “Three Songs About Lenin”.

A poster for the documentary film “The Sixth Part of the World”, 1926, directed by Dziga Vertov. Found in the collection of the Russian State Library, Moscow. Photo: Heritage Images/Getty Images

Boris Barnet, who made "Moscow in October".

Mikhail Romm, who directed “Lenin in October”.

Sergei Yutkevich, who made "The Man with the Gun" in 1938.

Maxim Straukh, who played Lenin in “The Man with the Gun”.

Vsevolod Pudovkin (left), who made "Mother" and "Storm over Asia". Photo: Mondadori/ Getty Images

A poster of “A Mother’s Heart” (1966).

A poster of “The Fall of Berlin” (1950).

Andrei Tarkovsky, who debuted in 1962 with "Ivan's Childhood". Photo: AFP/Getty Images

A scene from "Ivan’s Childhood".

The creative urges of the pioneers and innovators of cinema in the Soviet Union surged in the heady aftermath of the October Revolution and through the period of Lenin’s New Economic Policy, whatever the political and economic arguments about that tactical policy retreat into a short stretch of free market and capitalism supervised by the state.
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