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The Scroll

No. 26: Battleship Potemkin

The masterpiece that shaped a medium

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1925, dir. Sergei M. Eisenstein. The maggot-infested meat! The bloodied and bespectacled man screaming in terror! The baby carriage tumbling down the Odessa steps! Sergei Eisenstein’s masterpiece influenced generations of filmmakers—some of whom blatantly copied from the master—and did more than almost any other film in history to shape the grammar of the nascent medium.

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Melvin Rosenberg says:

I’m puzzled. There is lavish praise for the career of Jeff Goldblum, the career of possibly the greatest Jewish actor to enjoy a major Hollywood career, namely, Paul Muni. In one of his finest film, “Zola”, he portrays the important novelist who comes to the defense of Dreyfus, one of the most highly publicized cases of anti-Semitism in modern history.

Allan Pogrund says:

Regarding your list of best 100 Jewish movies.

“Best” is dubious when applies to pap such as E.T. or Abie’s Irish Rose among otheres. These films are ephemeral and childish. More, only the convoluted logic of some silly professor trying to achieve tenure could justify these films as Jewish. Even if the films had a Jewish director, producer, or best boy, they still are not Jewish films.

You omitted Everything is Illuminated. For many reasons, this is an excellent Jewish film.

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No. 26: Battleship Potemkin

The masterpiece that shaped a medium

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