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19 To promote a populist message, it is tempting to resort to stereotypes of evil and righteousness, however inconvenient the facts. Religious evangelism and melodrama are never far apart. As Shaw implies, the weakness of this strategy becomes apparent when the propaganda loses its relevance and audiences seek more sophisticated imagery. Then the hollowness of the stereotypes is revealed, making it difficult to take Potemkin seriously. The lack of veracity in the characters serves to point up that this is primarily a director’s exercise.

It is only when Hannay is alone with his host that the mask drops. Even then the professor talks of the need to maintain respectability and expresses regret at what has happened. Hannay looks around helplessly for a means of escape now that his illusion of security is taken away. When the professor’s wife and a maid enter, the apparent normality never wavers. The two women seem complicit in the plot, while never acknowledging it. There is genuine ambiguity here. Hannay fears for his life, yet he too is constrained by politeness.

Jews comprised 30 per cent of Odessa’s population and were unpopular for controlling 90 per cent of the export trade in grain, though the reaction of the crowd fails to make this clear. 35 The film is not an accurate record of the failed 1905 revolution, but a celebration of revolutionary ideals. It provides a glimpse of Russian attitudes in the 1920s, filtered through Eisenstein’s internationalist sensibility and the promptings of his political masters. These conflicting demands mean that the result may not be typical of either.

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