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Battleship Potemkin

Battleship Potemkin: Music & The Movies

Thursday 2nd April 2020 | Doors: 19:00 | Film Start: 19:30 | Approximate End: 21:00

We’re delighted to announce that we will be screening Battleship Potemkin in Clifton College Chapel this April, with a live, improvised organ accompaniment from Dr. David Bednall.

This cornerstone of cinema has inspired countless classics over the decades, and director Sergei Eisenstein once suggested that the score should be updated every 20 years; David will be creating an original score in real time on the Chapel’s magnificent organ, making this event a unique performance.

Join us for an unforgettable evening that blends classic silent cinema with live music, bringing this extraordinary film to life like never before.


Battleship Potemkin

1925 | PG | 70 mins

Based on real events during the 1905 Russian Revolution, Sergei Eisenstein’s magnum opus centres on the beleaguered crew of the Imperial Russian Navy battleship Potemkin, who finally mutiny against their harsh treatment after being compelled to eat rotten food. Their act of defiance inspires other Russian citizens to demonstrate against the might of the Czar, and sets the stage for a dramatic confrontation in the port of Odessa…

STARRING: Aleksandr Antonov | Grigori Aleksandrov | Vladimir Barsky | Mikhail Gomorov

DIRECTOR: Sergei Eisenstein

PRODUCER: Jacon Bliokh

WRITTEN BY: Nina Agadzhanova | Sergei Eisenstein

THEY SAY: “One of the fundamental landmarks of cinema […] it is obligatory for anyone interested in film history, and the other night [at a screening] I got a sense, a stirring, of the buried power it still contains, awaiting a call” – Roger Ebert, 1998

WE SAY: Even if you have never seen this seminal piece of cinema, you will have seen its most infamous sequence on the Odessa Steps mimicked, mirrored and parodied in films from The Untouchables to The Naked Gun 33 1/3. Eisenstein’s groundbreaking montage technique was a major influence on films such as The Godfather and Apocalypse Now.



  • Red Carpet Club tickets are for members of the Red Carpet Club only – when booking, please use the member’s name as the lead booking name. Non-members in possession of a Red Carpet ticket will be liable to pay the difference in price.
  • Doors will open for this event at 19:00. We cannot guarantee access to the screening room before this, so recommend arriving no earlier than 5-10 minutes before doors are due to open. The screening will commence at 19:30 and conclude at 21:00.
  • Licensing restrictions do not allow for external food and drink to be brought into the venue for this event.
  • The film will be screened with English subtitles.
  • We ask that any guests with accessibility requirements or concerns contact us before the screening so that we can ensure you have the best experience possible.
  • The BBFC have assigned this film a PG rating. Read more about what this means.
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