Analysis of techniques used in "Battleship Potemkin"

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Robert Bowie Holland


August 8, 2012

Terri Shurtleff



1.        How does the cinematography positively or negatively affect your opinion of this film?

                The cinematography had a positive affect on the way I viewed this film, as a silent

        film, cinematography played a key role in getting the story across to the viewer.  Facial

        expression and body language were also a must have for this type of film in order to help

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        convey the story line to the viewers.

  1. How does the mise-en-scene affect your perception of this film?

It is what made this film, since it is a silent film creating the right dramatic

articulation is necessary to get the right emotional response from each viewer.  In one

scene it shows hundreds of citizens some angry, some sad, some just curious, all uniting

at the docks to view their fallen comrade, this shot was used to get those same

responses from the audiences at that given time and moment.

  1. How does the use of sound affect your perception of ...

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Although I can offer comment on the answers to the questions, it is difficult to know how to grade this assignment, because I am uncertain what the criteria for the assignment are. To my mind, the answers are a bit brief and they show little awareness of the historical importance of Eisenstein's theories on film in general and on editing in particular. 1 to 2 stars max.