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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?



Angel Falls

The world's highest uninterrupted waterfall, Venezuela's Angel Falls drops 3,212 ft (979 m) and is 500 ft (150 m) wide at its base, where it feeds into the Churun River. It is named for American aviator James Angel, who in 1937 crash-landed his plane near the top of the falls and was forced—with his companions—to descend on foot. Their trek took 11 days; the plane remained atop the mountain for 33 years. In the indigenous Pemon language, Angel Falls is called Parekupa-meru, meaning what?

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Fritz Lang

Lang was a giant of the German Expressionist movement. Before fleeing Nazi Germany, he made two extraordinary films, Metropolis and M, that helped define the film noir and science fiction genres and continue to influence modern filmmaking. In the 1950s, Lang returned to Germany to make Indian Epic, now considered a masterpiece by many film scholars. What story about Lang is partly corroborated by the appointment book of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels?

Last updated on Saturday, 5th December 2009

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