Silent Cinema

Cinema and History
"Battleship Potemkin" (1925) by Sergei M. Eisenstein

2, 3 March 2018

Bronenosets Potiomkin ("Battleship Potemkin", 1925, USSR) by Sergei M. Eisenstein, with Alexander Antonov, Vladimir Barksy and Beatrice Vitold (68')
Presentation: Eduardo Torres-Dulce

On the twentieth anniversary of the 1905 revolutionary uprising, Eisenstein recreated the events that occurred surrounding the mutiny of the crew of the battleship Potemkin, in the port city of Odessa.

The episode is recounted in the form of a tragedy in five acts, titled: “Men and Maggots”, “Drama on the Deck”, “A Dead Man Calls for Justice”, “The Odessa Steps” and “One Against All”. Each one of them corresponds to an episode differentiated narratively, but with the same underlying theme: revolutionary fraternity. The director himself would write: “the film is crafted as an organic whole in which each one of the elements works in pursuit of a composition that mantains the individual at its nucleus in accordance with the whole”. The other outstanding feature of the film he singles out is its pathos, “the pathetic is what is going to awaken a feeling of passionate enthusiasm deep inside the spectator”.

On Saturday, the video of the presentation recorded the day before will be shown.