The Potemkin Stairs - the best known symbol of Odessa - were originally known as the Boulevard steps or the Richelieu steps. The stairs were constructed between 1837 and 1841. The stairs were constructed to create an optical illusion.
A dramatized account of a great Russian naval mutiny and a resultant public demonstration, showing support, which brought on a police massacre. The film had an incredible impact on the development of cinema and is a masterful example of montage editing.