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.
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…
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.