1. 𝙍𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙮 glad you guys still like most of this. I don’t, and I cannot figure out why. I think I saw it 7 or 8 times in the theater (my theater, in cinema 3), and I thought it was killed by pan-and-scan when I caught the VHS, because for me, it was like the duller TV movie version of the same story. I really put it down to the killed framing. That church scene is more than half less interesting when you can only see one of those guys at a time, rather than both side-by-side, reacting as the other speaks. But then I caught it again recently in a nice, HD presentation on a great TV, and weirdly, it stayed in the dull area for me. I completely don’t understand it. So it was thoroughly enjoyable to hear the movie recounted with all of your exclamation points intact where mine have deflated into sullen ellipses.

    Also, the baby steps scene? It was always mostly just a curiosity. I never knew anyone who watched the movie and didn’t evaluate that scene rather than remain fully engaged by it. Honestly, it’s a good foil for Potemkin, because it’s only well enough done, but it’s really just a scene that happens to have a baby carriage and a staircase in it, so if you watch it first, then go back to Potemkin, it will be very easy to realize, just by seeing them, “Wow, Eisenstein really 𝙙𝙞𝙙 know what he was doing, because this thing is breathtaking!” It’s a premonitiative upgrade on DePalma’s.


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