"Battleship Potemkin" (with new score by Pet Shop Boys)
||This will be the first time "Battleship Potemkin" will be screened in Singapore alongside Pet Shop Boys' new score.
There will be a discussion following the film screening. For more information, visit here.
||5 August 2006 (Saturday), 11 am (subject to change)
The Cathay, 2 Handy Road, Singapore 229233
Free admission but members only -- flash your membership card for entry. Non-members may sign up online or at the door -- we will issue membership on the spot. No tickets will be sold. Free seating.
THE BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN (with new score by Pet Shop Boys)
Soviet Union, 1925, 70 mins, Black & White, Drama/War, Silent
Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein
Main Cast: Ivan Bobrov, Beatrice Vitoldi, Grigori Aleksandrov & Sergei M. Eisenstein
The movie is based on the true historical event of an uprising onboard the Battleship Potemkin in 1905. Conditions on the ship are unbearable, which in turn incites revolutionary fervor among the sailors. After the ship's doctor declares rancid meat safe to eat, an uprising results, during which all the officers are killed and the ship, liberated. The citizens of Odessa join the Potemkin in their revolt. Cossaks then come and slaughter the helpless citizens on the steps leading to the harbor, effectively ending the uprising. A fleet of battleships then comes to destroy the Potemkin.
Together with D. W. Griffith's THE BIRTH OF A NATION and Orson Welles' CITIZEN KANE, these three films form the fundamental landmarks in cinema history.
The pop act Pet Shop Boys, known for their famous hits in the 80s including "West End Girls" and "It's a Sin", decided to try their hand at composing a new electronic score to Eisenstein's seminal silent film. The result is a stunning alternative to Edmund Meisel's original classical musical score.
In September 2004, Pet Shop Boys performed a new soundtrack to accompany BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN at a free concert in Trafalgar Square, London. Live performances followed in Germany in September 2005, and the soundtrack was released thereafter.
For details on the free concert in Trafalgar Square:
For reviews on Pet Shop Boys’ music score: