Presented in partnership with Brisbane Festival and in association with Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, the Australian Cinémathèque, GOMA will screen a new digital restoration of Battleship Potemkin 1925 in the Concert Hall at The Old Museum on 24 September 2017. Ten piece string ensemble Camerata will accompany the film with an improvised soundtrack that brings to life the energy and might of Eisenstein’s filmmaking. BUY TICKETS
Screening in the 100th anniversary year of the Russian Revolution, Battleship Potemkin chronicles the Potemkin mutiny, one of the key historical events which lead to the 1917 revolution. While made over 90 years ago, the film’s themes of a populace crushed by the weight of political regimes and rebellion for individual freedom resonate today.
…it remains the essence of revolutionary cinema: a film about a revolution, made as part of the revolution, in a revolutionary way…
Steve Rose, The Guardian
Sergei Eisenstein’s silent film is often cited as one of the greatest films of all time. A powerful story of uprising, the film features one of the most iconic sequences in film: a pram with a child careering down the Odessa steps while soldiers march behind it.
Such stirring scenes caused the film to be banned in several countries including UK, USA and France as it was thought to contain a genuinely subversive potential. Reportedly, the director hoped the film would be rescored throughout successive generations so the story would remain fresh to new viewers and would retain its potent message of revolutionary fervour.
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Bronenosets Patyomkin (Battleship Potemkin) 1925 PG
4.00pm Sunday 24 September 2017 (1hr 15mins)
The Old Museum, 480 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills
Rosie Hays is Associate Curator, Australian Cinémathèque, QAGOMA