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SW 1.12/2/09Religion and Montage in “Battleship Potemkin”In his “Montage of Film Attractions,” Eisenstein explains his belief that the primary purpose of cinema is to “[influence] the audience in the desired direction through a series of calculated pressures on its psyche” (39). He further explains that the primary way that this occurs in cinema is through montage, which he demonstrates in “Battleship Potemkin.” One sequence in particular, which begins with a religious man making an appearance on the ship, cutting to sailors covered in a tarp, then back to the religious man and, finally, to a ship’s officer, truly captures Eisenstein’s belief of how montage is meant to be used. This sequence of shots plays with the audience’s concern for the sailors, and, at the same time, demonstrates the communist viewpoint that religion only serves to keep the masses subdued and ignorant.This sequence begins by showing a clearly religious man, presumably a priest, walking up a metal staircase to an area on the battleship that is above the sailors and officers, although they are off-screen, through a low camera level and high angle. This begins Eisenstein’s development of reverence in the audience towards the priest. Through

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