April 29, 2016 – 7:00 pm

Film: Battleship Potemkin, 1925

Battleship Potemkin, 1925
Frist Art Museum Auditorium
First come, first seated

Directed by Sergei Eisenstein. NR. 35mm. Silent with English intertitles. 75 minutes

Consistently listed as one of the most important films of all time, Battleship Potemkin dramatizes a historic event that occurred in 1905, when Russian crew members mutinied against their unjust tsarist commanders. Battleship Potemkin showcases the effectiveness of cinema as a propaganda tool within the Soviet Union and beyond; many films, including The Godfather and The Untouchables, have paid homage to its Odessa Steps sequence. This screening will also featurea scholarly introduction by Dr. Jason Strudler, Mellon Assistant Professor of Russian at Vanderbilt. 

Revolution and Realism: Films of the Soviet Union

In 1922, Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin famously said, “Of all the arts, for us the cinema is the most important.” With its power to convey both visual narrative and propagandistic ideals, filmmaking helped to craft a new Soviet aesthetic. The exhibition The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography and Film, organized by the Jewish Museum, New York, explores the critical role that photographers and filmmakers played not only within the Soviet Union but in the history of visual media itself.

To celebrate the contributions of these filmmakers, the film series Revolution and Realism will showcase seminal works from the early years of the Soviet Union. This series, which began in March, represents a collaboration between the Frist Art Museum, International Lens at Vanderbilt, Belcourt Theatre, and Light + Sound Machine at Third Man Records. Don’t miss the final two screenings of these influential films.


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