Battleship Potemkin (Бронено́сец Потёмкин) (1925)

Eisenstein's 1925 communist propaganda film tells the story of a mutiny on the Battleship Potemkin in 1905. The mutiny aboard the Potemkin was part of the Bolshevik Revolution of 1905 and set the stage for the revolution that came in 1917. Eisenstein's film highlights the inequity between the working class sailors and the elite officers

The Birth of a Nation (1915)

When I started watching the oldest films in film history, I of course came across The Birth of a Nation. A three-plus hour long silent film glorifying the KKK with absurd and demonizing depictions of African Americans and slaves is not only a horrible portrayal of a horrible situation, but a rough film to get