Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Battleship Potemkin

The storytelling sometimes feels belabored, the propaganda factor often feels shrill, but if you're in for the long haul, there are rewards throughout the duration of the movie. I'd either choose the shot from inside the funeral tent of Vakulinchuk (which reminded me of a medieval passion play -- by way of association through Bill Viola) or the overly indulgent montages which have the convincing effect of reconstructing many of the senses of the Odessa Harbor and the deck of the Potemkin by breaking down all the parts into close-ups and panoramas that can be reconstructed into a familiar sensory pastiche.