Sergei Eisenstein’s ‘Battleship Potemkin’ to be screened at Manaveeyam


Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 24:  Kerala State Chalachitra Academy (KSCA), in association with the Manaveeyam Theruvorakootam collective, will screen Sergei Eisenstein (1898-1948) classic Battleship Potemkin (1925)at Manaveeyam veedhi tomorrow. The viewing, which will have Malayalam subtitles, will begin at 6.30 pm.

Washing ashore the memoirs of struggle and revolts of Soviet Union era, this iconic Russian movie is based on the mutiny of Russian sailors against their dictatorial superiors aboard the battleship named Potemkin during the Russian Revolution of 1905. 

Eisenstein was at his innovative best with Potemkin, as he experimented with the montage theory of filmmaking by deconstructing the plot into five acts, each with its own title.  Odessa steps, the fourth act is renowned for its compilation of disturbing images of post-war realities that creates a long standing impression on viewer’s mind. The movie, for its political consequences and influence earned a ban in United Kingdom, longest for a movie in British history.

A movie without dialogues, Battleship Potemkin, is also acclaimed for its gripping background score, brewed with revolutionary spirit, originally composed by German Marxist Edmond Meisel.

Known as the greatest propaganda movie of all time, this Eisenstein masterpiece was named the greatest film of all time at the Brussel’s World Fair in 1958.

The weekly screening at Manaveeyam, as part of the 20th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala, has already screened a line of world classics, including Bicycle ThievesThe Great Dictator and La Strada.

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