Propaganda can be a good thing. Casablanca is the shining example of this. However, other countries also pushed propaganda through the medium of film, and Sergei Eisenstein was one such example. Eisenstein's 1925 silent film The Battleship Potemkin doubles as propaganda and unfiltered artistic imagery. The film is over the top, but such is expected of a silent film that uses theater actors as its source for characters. Regardless of this it is enjoyable, well executed and at times awe-inspiring.
The film promotes classless ideals, but not genderless ones. It promotes a notion that revolution is a masculine thing, despite involving blatant and literal sacrifices of women. I have to accept that the film is set in 1925 ideology, yet I cannot dissuade the sexist rhetoric that ensues. It serves as a serious reminder to how problematic even the most liberal of government plans can be. It proves that even notions of classlessness do not by default ensure equality.
Sure, the film have problems and sure it is silent, but it is damn good and one of the best films ever made. I recommend this as a must see film, as do so many scholars. Not including a choice to add some color to some scenes, Kino Film has done a great job with the most recent restoration.