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RUSSIAN FILM CLUB: Battleship Potemkin/ "Броненосец Потёмкин"

Battleship Potemkin


(dir. by Sergei Eisenstein, 75 minutes)

Following on from Soviet sci-fi comedy, Pushkin House's Kino Club is charting the revolutionary waters of Sergei Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin.

His classic, groundbreaking  1925 film focuses on a naval mutiny in the Black Sea during the abortive 1905 revolution.

The film's 75 minute duration is composed of 1,400 takes, and is the precise model of its innovatory director's theory of montage. Potemkin is a vital viewing experience, allowing the audience to transcend its landmark status, and become lost in Eistenstein's breathtakingly skillful film-making.

©David Kummermann

©David Kummermann

This week, the Pushkin House Kino Club will be presented by Ian Christie. Ian Christie is a film historian, curator and broadcaster He has been Anniversary Professor of Film and Media History at Birkbeck College, University of London, since 1999 and is a Fellow of the British Academy. He has written and edited books on early film, Powell and Pressburger, Russian cinema, Scorsese and Gilliam; and worked on exhibitions ranging from Film as Film (Hayward,1979), Eisenstein: His Life and Art (MoMA Oxford, 1988) and Twilight of the Tsars (Hayward, 1991) to Spellbound: Art and Film (Hayward, 1996) and Modernism: Designing a New World (V&A, 2006). His most recent books are on production design and on audiences. Last year he gave a talk on Eisenstein and the Great War in the BBC Radio 3 series Minds at War accessible at


No booking required; seats are limited and are provided on first-come first-serve basis.