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1925, dir. Sergei M. Eisenstein. The maggot-infested meat! The bloodied and bespectacled man screaming in terror! The baby carriage tumbling down the Odessa steps! Sergei Eisenstein’s masterpiece influenced generations of filmmakers—some of whom blatantly copied from the master—and did more than almost any other film in history to shape the grammar of the nascent medium.