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Battleship Potemkin x Pet Shop Boys

“Music can change the way you feel about a film” Neil Tennant

19 April 2018 15 May 2018

Russian with English/Thai subtitles

 

 

Battleship Potemkin will be screened with the original soundtrack by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, and performed by the Pet Shop Boys. This masterpiece of prog-rock was first performed at a concert in London's Trafalgar Square, and later at the British Film institute, as part of the Meltdown Festival curated by Yoko Ono.

After the success of Strike (1924), Sergei Eisenstein was commissioned by the Soviet government to make a film commemorating the uprising of 1905. Eisenstein's scenario, boiled down from what was to have been a multipart epic of the occasion, focussed on the crew of the battleship Potemkin. Fed up with the extreme cruelties of their officers and their maggot-ridden meat rations, the sailors stage 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 the Czar's Cossacks methodically shoot down rioters and innocent bystanders alike. Known as "The Odessa Steps sequence," this is often considered the most famous scene ever filmed; it is certainly one of the most imitated, perhaps most overtly by Brian De Palma in The Untouchables (1987).

 

 

About the film

Director: Sergei Eisenstein (Soundtrack composed by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe)
Country: Soviet Union/UK
Year: 1925/2005
Duration: 75 mins
Short Film: TBC