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Remember the scene in Brian De Palma's The Untouchables (1987), where Eliot Ness, played by Kevin Costner, saved a baby-carriage that went down the stairs while in a shoot-out with Capone's henchmen?
The famous scene is actually a homage to a 1925 The Battleship Potyomkin movie:
The scene is well-known: the sequence of the baby falling down the Odessa Steps in Sergei Eisenstein’s movie The Battleship Potyomkin (1925) is one of the most influential films in movie history (many films pay homage to the scene like Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables).
Although, the massacre on the steps is fictional (it took place in the surrounding streets), the movie has made many people see in the “Odessa Steps” the alleged place of bloodbath. The "Odessa Steps" (now known as the “Potemkin Steps”, by architect Francesco Boffo) got a tourist attraction – the movie has exaggerate the place.
anArchitecture has the movie clip and more on the famous Steps: Link | Wikipedia entry on the Potempkin Stairs
Remember the scene in Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables (1987), where Agent George Stone, played by Andy Garcia, saved a baby-carriage that went down the stairs while in a shoot-out with Capone’s henchmen?
i have a friend from odessa, who travels back there regularly, and she says that the steps are in serious need of repair. ...how sad given their importance in cinema history.