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Sergei Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin Debuts in US

Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin was a seminal film in cinematic history and was based on the real-life 1905 uprising aboard the Russian battleship Potemkin. Eisenstein deliberately wrote the film as a revolutionary propaganda piece and used it to test his theories of "montage," a form of movie collage consisting of a series of short shots edited into a coherent sequence. In the 1950s, Potemkin was named the greatest film of all time at what event?



The Don

Sir Donald “The Don” George Bradman's 20-year cricket career began in 1928, when he joined the Australian national team. He is widely considered the sport's greatest player and one of the world's most outstanding athletes. Bradman's career batting average was 99.94 runs per inning, a record that still stands at 30 runs higher than his nearest competitor. When Bradman took ill and had to sit out the 1935-1936 cricket tour to South Africa, he won a competitive title playing what other sport?

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Fritz Lang

Lang was a giant of the German Expressionist movement and made two extraordinary early films, Metropolis and M, before fleeing Nazi Germany. These films helped form the basis for the film noir and science fiction genres and continue to influence modern filmmaking. Lang's use of lighting and set design to expand upon a film's dark narrative has become a staple of these styles. Joseph Goebbels's appointment book contains an entry that partly corroborates what myth about Lang?

Last updated on Wednesday, 5th December 2007

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