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It's well known that many Western moviemakers respect and love foreign moviemakers and liberally borrow/steal/copy/homage ideas and scenes.

Anything from Tarantino and Wuxia movies, to Lucas and Kurosawa.

However, I couldn't find any instance of a Russian or Soviet moviemaker that was notably borrowed from.

Are there any?

A single notable example is enough for a yes answer, but for a no answer I'll need a link to a good research publication analyzing the topic.

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YES

Example: The "Odessa Steps sequence" in Battleship Potemkin by Eisenstein.

Wikipedia entry lists MANY movies that borrowed, in my opinion the most famous was "The Untouchables".

The scene is perhaps the best example of Eisenstein's theory on montage, and many films pay homage to the scene, including Terry Gilliam's Brazil, Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather, Brian De Palma's The Untouchables, Tibor Takacs' Deathline, Laurel and Hardy's The Music Box, George Lucas's Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith...

Seems notable enough :)

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So now I am wondering what scene in Brazil is inspired by this. –  iandotkelly Aug 23 '12 at 18:38
    
I wonder which part of Eisenstein was Jar-Jar Binks a homage to... –  DVK Nov 7 '13 at 14:17
    
Who's Jar-Jar Binks? ;-) –  iandotkelly Nov 7 '13 at 14:44
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