Jan Morris

In Potemkin’s Steps

Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams


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Think Odessa, and you probably think of Sergei Eisenstein’s classic 1925 film Battleship Potemkin. Very proper too. The Black Sea port was a hodgepodge from its very foundation at the end of the eighteenth century, and the film title by which it is best evoked nowadays is a little jumble of ironies too.

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