Potemkin

The Sunday Nov 1st 2pm show ($12/$10/$8) will be accompanied with live music performed by the Andrew Alden Ensemble, a contemporary and electronic chamber music group whose influences include Steve Reich, Philip Glass, David Lang, Radiohead, Velvet Underground and Krzysvtof Penderecki. Eisenstein’s classic, commissioned by the Soviets to mark the uprising of 1905, focusses on how the revolt of the battleship Potemkin’s crew inspired the “people” to join with them. It includes one of the most memorable sequences ever filmed – the Odessa Steps.

Eisenstein’s tribute to the early Russian revolutionaries is a masterpiece of international cinema.The film is based on the mutiny of Russian sailors against their tyrannical superiors aboard the battleship Potemkin during the Revolution of 1905. Their victory was short-lived, however, as during their attempts to get the population of Odessa (now in Ukraine) to launch a massive revolution,Cossacks arrived and laid waste to the insurgents, thus fanning the winds of war that would ultimately lead to the Revolution of 1917. Agitational to the core, Battleship Potemkin is a work of pictorial beauty and great elegance of form divided into five movements or acts.

Nov 1 Rhinebeck
Sunday 2:00

(USSR / 1925 / Directed by Sergei Eisenstein)
Unrated / 65 mins.