Battleship Potemkin (1925)–1 hour 13 minutes
Rejuvenating silent film classics with live music, the Andrew Alden Ensemble brings an exciting new score to the infamous Battleship Potemkin.
Director Sergei Eisenstein was commissioned by the Soviet government to make the film as commemoration of the uprising of 1905. Eisenstein’s narrative focused mainly on the crew of the battleship Potemkin who were fed up with the extreme cruelties of their officers and their maggot-ridden meat rations and therefore staged a violent mutiny. This, in turn, sparks an abortive citizens’ revolt against the Czarist regime. The film’s centerpiece is staged on the Odessa Steps, where in 1905 the Czar’s Cossacks methodically shot down rioters and innocent bystanders alike. To Eisenstein, this single bloody incident was the crucible of the successful 1917 Bolshevik revolution, and the result was the “Odessa Steps sequence,” which is often considered the most famous sequence ever filmed.
The new score by the Andrew Alden Ensemble brings new life to this revered film through the influence of classical chamber music and the distinct edge of rock. The music–featuring piano, strings, synthesizers, percussion–will be performed in person during the showing of the film, giving audiences a new experience of this memorable classic.