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Four-Star Films : 'Potemkin'

February 11, 1996|Michael Wilmington

An incident from the abortive 1905 Russian revolution--a naval revolt that prompted the massacre of a group of rebel supporters and innocent bystanders--provided 27-year-old Sergei Eisenstein with the material for an historical re-creation: a great, multifaceted battle epic. It is a riveting, electric and stirring film with a legendary centerpiece--the Odessa Steps massacre--that seems to explode off the screen (Showtime Saturday at 5:30 a.m.).

Other selected four-star films airing this week:

The Awful Truth / Showtime, Tuesday, 11:30 a.m.

Under the Volcano / A&E, early Wednesday, 2 a.m.

The Quiet Man / TNT, Wednesday, 5 p.m.

Five Fingers / AMC, Thursday, 10 a.m.

Stagecoach (1939), AMC, Friday, 7 p.m.

Tootsie / KCOP, Friday, 8 p.m.

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