A Cinematic Centennial Celebration of the Russian Revolution Presents: Battleship Potemkin
Los Angeles, March 13, 2017 – The Los Angeles Workers Center and HollywoodProgressive.com are co-presenting the revolutionary classic Potemkin. Based on a true story, Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 Potemkin is a stirring account of the mutiny by sailors aboard the Battleship Potemkin who refuse to eat maggoty meat and the mass strike by workers supporting them during Russia’s 1905 Revolution is widely considered to be Soviet cinema’s greatest masterpiece. The terrifying Odessa Steps scene encapsulates czarist brutality, while Potemkin’s theme of triumphant solidarity expresses the essence of Russia’s three revolutions, symbolized by pounding waves. (75 minutes.)
What: Battleship Potemkin screening. When: Friday, 7:30 p.m., March 24, 2017. Where: The L.A. Workers Center, 1251 S. St. Andrews Place, L.A., CA 90019.
This screening of Potemkin is part of a monthly film series running through November 2017 to commemorate and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the February and October 1917 Revolutions in Russia, and 1905’s mass uprisings. All 10 films screened during these 10 months are Soviet cinema classics, among the greatest political films ever made. Before each screening at the L.A. Workers Center a speaker briefly introduces each film and filmmaker. After the movie the speaker will make additional remarks, followed by a Q&A and light refreshments. These black and white, silent films, with English subtitles, and musical soundtracks, are screened under imperfect conditions, although this is a chance to see them projected on a big screen. Admission is free, although donations and potluck contributions are accepted. Screenings start at 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Friday of each month. Film historian/critic Ed Rampell, author Progressive Hollywood, A People’s Film History of the United States, is the series’ programmer/co-presenter. For info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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