Alien: Covenant's homage to Eisenstein's revolutionary editing techniques used in the filming of Battleship Potemkin, the silent film's scene resulted in an un-precedentedly horrifying and stunning spectacle, charged with political meaning. These same methods were used to film the scene of the pathogen drop, alternating between David's view of the city and the view of the ship from below where the Engineers gathered. #filmtechnique #filmanalysis #battleshippotemkin #odessa #steps #engineers #david8 #planet4 #AlienCovenant #ridleyscott #alienmovie #alienprequel #alienseries #movietechnique #Eisenstein #Griffith #director #ridleyscott
The “Odessa Steps” scene is a Stock Parody of the climactic scene from The Battleship Potemkin. A shoot-out happens on a set of steps, with the actions either slowed down or taking far longer than they really should. Optional: Oncoming soldiers, a shot through the eyeglasses, and a Baby Carriage rolling downhill. Though many people remember the famous scene in the train station of The Untouchables, they may not be familiar with the fact that this itself was a complete reference to a grander version set on the steps at Odessa in Battleship Potemkin. And because it is one of the most memorable things to come out of that film, a lot of fiction now has action sequences on a staircase in slow motion. The original scene was one of the first uses of montage.