Battleship Potemkin, one of the most influential films ever made, comes to the big screen together with the premiere of a new orchestral score.
In 1925 Sergei Eisenstein was commissioned to produce a film celebrating the 20 years anniversary of the 1905 pre-revolution in Russia. His masterpiece, Battleship Potemkin has become a cinematographic icon and remains one of the most influential films ever made.
The story follows the sailors of the Battleship Potemkin and their mutiny against the cruel captain and his sadistic officers. One of the most famous scenes, the massacre in Odesa, during which the baby carriage tumbles down the steps, has been much quoted by subsequent filmmakers.
Eisenstein developed his theories of montage during the shooting of Potemkin, which are still to be seen in film making technique today. The quick-moving shots create a rhythm and tension that catapult the action forward and even today the exhilaration and excitement can be felt despite the fact it is shot in black and white, with no sound.
Battleship Potemkin will be screened, in full, at the University’s Chichester Campus, with a short introduction by the composer Crispin Ward. The orchestral soundtrack uses a virtual orchestra of computer samples. Complimentary drinks will be served after the screening.