Battleship Potemkin

On the heels of their incredible job on Fritz Lang’s Metropolis comes Kino’s brand-new restoration of Battleship Potemkin, still one of most important experiences in film history 85 years after its original release! It is Odessa, 1905. Enraged with the deplorable conditions on board the armored cruiser Potemkin, the ship’s loyal crew contemplates the unthinkable: mutiny. Seizing control of the Potemkin and raising the red flag of revolution, the sailors’ revolt becomes the rallying point for a Russian populace ground under the boot heels of the Czar’s Cossacks. When ruthless White Russian cavalry arrive to crush the rebellion on the sandstone Odessa Steps, the most famous and quoted film sequence in cinema history is born. For eight decades, Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 masterpiece has remained one of the most influential silent films of all time — yet each successive generation has seen Battleship Potemkin subjected to censorship and recutting, its unforgettable power diluted in unauthorized public domain editions from dubious sources. This all-new restoration — available for the first time in 35mm — restores dozens of missing shots, all 146 original title cards, and Edmund Meisel’s definitive 1926 score, returning the film to a form as close to its creator’s bold vision as has been seen since the film’s triumphant Moscow premiere!
Dir. Sergei Eisenstein, 1925, 35mm, 75 min.

Watch the trailer for the new restoration of “Battleship Potempkin”!
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