Sergei M. Eisenstein, 1925
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Odessa – 1905. Enraged with the deplorable conditions on board the armored cruiserPotemkin, the ship’s loyal crew contemplates the unthinkable – mutiny. Seizingcontrol of the Potemkin and raising the red flag of revolution, the sailors’ revoltbecomes the rallying point for a Russian populace ground under the boot heelsof the Czar’s Cossacks. When ruthless White Russian cavalry arrives to crushthe rebellion on the sandstone Odessa Steps, the most famous and mostquoted film sequence in cinema history is born.
For eight decades, Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 masterpiece has remained the mostinfluential silent film of all time. Yet each successive generation has seenBATTLESHIP POTEMKIN subjected to censorship and recutting, its unforgettablepower diluted in unauthorised public domain editions from dubious sources. Until now,Kino Lorber is proud to join the Deutsche Kinematek in association with Russia’sGoskinofilm, the British Film Institute, Bundesfilm Archive Berlin, and the MunichFilm Museum in presenting this all new restoration of BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN.
Dozens of missing shots have been replaced, and 146 title cards restored to Eisenstein’sspecifications. Edmund Meisel’s definitive 1926 score, magnificently rendered by the 55-pieceDeutches Filmorchestra in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, returns Eisentein’s masterwork to a formas close to its creator’s bold vision as has been seen since the film’s triumphant1925 Moscow premiere.
Russia 1925 B&W/Colour 71 min 1.33:1
Directed by Sergei M. Eisenstein
Screenplay by N.F. Agadzhanov-Shutko
Head Cinematographer: Eduard Tisse
Music by Edmund Meisel (1926) Courtesy of Ries & Erler, Berlin
Adaptation and Instrumention by Helmut Imig, Performed by the Deutsches Filmorchestra (2005)
Restored under the direction of Enno Patalas in collaboration with Anna Bohn
Presented in association with Deutsches Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehensupported by Bundesarchiv, Berlin; British Film Institute, London; Gosfilmmofond, Moscow;Film Museum, Munich.
Licensed by Transit Film © Stiftung Deutsches Kinemathek Music © Ries & Erier
“Tracing the BATTLESHIPN POTEMKIN,”a 42-minute documentary on the making andrestoration of the film
The restored film with newly-translatedEnglish intertitles
The restored film with original Russianintertitles (and optional English subtitles)
The original 1926 Edmund Meisel score,performed by the Deutsches Filmorchestra,presented in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1