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Battleship Potemkin/Drifters

Battleship Potemkin/Drifters

Singh, Jason, music; Meisel, Edmund, music; Antonov, Aleksandr, actor; Barsky, Vladimir, actor; Alexandrov, Grigori, actor; Grierson, John, director; Eisenstein, Sergei M., director

Double bill of silent features from the 1920s. 'Battleship Potemkin' (1925), masterpiece of Russian silent film pioneer Sergei M. Eisenstein, is a dramatised account of the naval mutiny and street riots at the sea port of Odessa that sparked off the 1905 Russian Revolution. When the crew of the Potemkin protests after being given rotten meat as rations, the captain responds by ordering the execution of the dissidents. Outrage at this injustice quickly ignites and the townspeople have soon surrounded the harbour in a mass demonstration - but the scene gives way to tragedy and brutality as the authorities move in to quell the uprising. In British documentary 'Drifters' (1929), which was influenced by and originally screened alongside 'Battleship Potemkin' in the UK, director John Grierson looks at the North Sea herring fleets and the men who worked them. The film pays particular attention to how the once traditional industry has become a more modern enterprise

DVD. Russian. Silent films.
Published BFI 2012

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Statement of responsibility: director, Sergei M. Eisenstein; director, John Grierson; writer, Sergei M. Eisenstein; writer, N.F. Agadzhanova-Shutko
EAN: 5035673010587
BBFC classification: PG
Note: Extras to be confirmed, Region B, 2 disc(s), Interactive menus.
Note: Made in 1929.
Note: Based on Real historical events.
Note: Credits: music, Edmund Meisel; music, Jason Singh; cinematographer, Edouard Tisse; cinematographer, Vladimir Popov.
Note: DVDBR.
Performers: Cast: Grigori Alexandrov, Vladimir Barsky, Aleksandr Antonov, Mikhail Gomorov, Sergei M. Eisenstein, I. Bobrov, Aleksandr Levshin, N. Poltavtseva, Konstantin Feldman, Prokopenko.
Physical Description: 2 videodiscs (110min.) : b&w.
System: DVD.
Other Number: 5035673010587
Publisher Number: BFIB1058