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.