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The Odessa Steps
List creator: Cinenaut
Created on: February 3, 2004 - 9:48 AM PST
Description: Almost every film student has seen Sergei Eisenstein's film Battleship Potemkin and many directors have paid homage to the magnificent Odessa steps sequence.

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Battleship Potemkin (1925)
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  The famous Odessa steps sequence is an archetypical filmic vision of military oppression.
The Untouchables (1987)
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  A baby carriage on steps.
Schindler's List (1993)
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  In Eisenstein's film, he hand-colored a red flag. Spielberg used red to emphasize a little girl.
Brazil (Criterion Collection) (1985)
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  This time, it's a floor polisher going down the steps, not a baby carriage.
Bananas (1971)
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  Woody Allen pays homage to Potemkin twice. Bananas has a baby carriage going down steps.
Love and Death (1975)
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  Broken spectacles on a bloody face and stone lions. Since Love and Death is a parody of all things Russian, it had to have some Eisenstein.
Films & Videos by Zbig Rybczynski II: Steps (2003)
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  Zbig Rybcynski introduces actors into the Odessa Steps in a short film called Steps.
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
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Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
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The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994)
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  The Naked Gun crew parodied the Untouchable's homage.
The Simpsons: Season 3 (Disc 1 of 4) (1989)
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  I know The Simpsons has parodied Potemkin, but I can't figure out which episode(s). Drop me a line if you know.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
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  Francis Ford Coppola paid homage to a different Eisenstein film (Strike) by intercutting the climatic confrontation with scenes of a bull being killed.

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