No. 6 Cinema, Portsmouth’s only independent filmhouse, screen 1925 Soviet silent film Battleship Potemkin on Friday 28th September, from 7:00pm as part of their Battle of the Silent Era season.
Declared the greatest film of all time at the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair and one of only two films to have appeared on all of Sight & Sound’s critics’ polls (1952 — 2002), Battleship Potemkin has also been widely censored, as much out of fear of the perceived influence of its ideas as for any contentious material on screen.
In essence, it tells a five-part story of a naval mutiny leading to full-blown revolution, but while this material could be crudely propagandist in other hands, Eisenstein uses images of such dynamic compositional strength and editing of such frame-perfect precision that it’s hard not to be swept along, regardless of personal politics. Despite endless quotation and parody, the set-piece massacre on the Odessa Steps still packs a sledgehammer punch.
South West Silents are proud to present one of the true classics of cinema on the big screen in full blown High Definition. Film courtesy of the BFI.
Book online through the No. 6 Cinema website, or buy on the door on the night.
- Director: Sergei Eisenstein
- Running time: one hour and 12 minutes (72 minutes)
- Adults: £9.00
- Concessions: £7.50 (students, seniors (60+), or Portsmouth Leisure Card holders)
- 25 and under: £5.00