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Elizabeth Sobel April 1, 2007 Film Studies Camera Movement and Editing in Battleship Potemkin’s Massacre Scene Battleship Potemkin, directed by Sergei Eisenstein, can be considered both one of the best movies of all time and one of the most effective pieces of anti-government propaganda. Eisenstein uses camera movement and editing throughout the movie to manipulate the viewers’ emotions. A prime example of this techniques is the “Odessa Massacre” scene, a dramatic and horrifying take on Russian military violence. Eisenstein keeps the camera still and lets footage do the talking in a powerfully moving montage of violence. In the beginning of the scene, before the violence begins, we see a happy, smiling crowd welcoming the sailors. The camera cuts between long shots of the boat to close- ups of people in the crowd. As the camera moves quickly we are given a sense of the energy of the scene – we see first-hand the busy, even joyful activity on the boat, and the broad smiles of townsfolk welcoming the men. The camera invites the viewer into the
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course FS 215 taught by Professor Simons during the Winter '07 term at Colorado College.

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