Battleship Potemkin

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Originally conceived as part of a cycle of films commemorating the revolutionary events of 1905, Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin recreates in documentary-style the failed mutiny of the Black Sea fleet and the subsequent massacre of the people of Odessa. Innovative cinematography and editing techniques heighten the horrific nature of events.

Although banned outright in many countries outside Soviet Russia, the film became an international sensation, and has had a lasting impact on world cinema. The arresting sequence of the massacre of civilians on Odessa’s steps is one of the most celebrated, analysed, and quoted in cinema history.

The screening is accompanied by an entirely original soundtrack, devised and created in a direct response to the film. Late Junction presenter Max Reinhardt will lead an instant orchestra of professional and non-professional musicians, drawn from across London, to bring a contemporary response to an extraordinary piece of Soviet cinema.
We are offering a special opportunity for 6 members of the audience to join the instant orchestra. Please simply arrive with your voice and/or any other instrument of your wish. We welcome all experienced and totally inexperienced, professional and amateur musicians, and everyone in between along with cinephiles of all description. Eisenstein’s cast for Battleship Potemkin was made up entirely of amateurs – we are following a remarkable example.
Please email us at [email protected] to reserve your place in the orchestra upon booking your ticket.

Followed by a Q&A with Ian Christie and Max Reinhardt

Part of the Kino Klassika Foundation’s A World to Win programme

BBFC rating
Running time
66 mins
Other features
Sergei Eisenstein
Aleksander Antonov, Vladimir Barsky, Grigori Aleksanderov

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February 17th

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