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Radical Visions Cinema Club Message Board › March Films: Battleship Potemkin Friday Mar. 18, Beat Films Thursday, Mar. 31

March Films: Battleship Potemkin Friday Mar. 18, Beat Films Thursday, Mar. 31

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Fellow Radical Visionaries,

Films by Eisenstein and the Beat Christopher Maclaine have been added to our March calendar. See below for details. Best, John

Join us Friday, March 18 when we visit the beautiful Castro Theatre to see a newly restored 35 mm. print of Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 masterpiece, Battleship Potemkin. "Eisenstein's revolutionary feature has stood as a textbook example of montage for so long that many have forgotten what an invigoratingly cinematic experience he created. A 20th-anniversary tribute to the 1905 revolution, Eisenstein portrays the revolt in microcosm with a dramatization of the real-life mutiny aboard the battleship Potemkin. The story tells a familiar party-line message of the oppressed working class (in this case the enlisted sailors) banding together to overthrow their oppressors (the ship's officers), led by proto-revolutionary Vakulinchuk. When he dies in the shipboard struggle the crew lays his body to rest on the pier, a moody, moving scene where the citizens of Odessa slowly emerge from the fog to pay their respects. As the crowd grows Eisenstein turns the tenor from mourning a fallen comrade to celebrating the collective achievement. The government responds by sending soldiers and ships to deal with the mutinous crew and the supportive townspeople, which climaxes in the justly famous (and often imitated and parodied) Odessa Steps massacre. Eisenstein edits carefully orchestrated motions within the frame to create broad swaths of movement, shots of varying length to build the rhythm, close-ups for perspective and shock effect, and symbolic imagery for commentary, all to create one of the most cinematically exciting sequences in film history." "Available for the first time in 35mm, this restored version's 1,374 shots include all the material that was cut at the German censor's behest in 1926 and 1928 and no liberties have been taken with the film's frame size. The restoration also features the most comprehensive, complete, and accurate re-ordering, rendering, and replacing of Potemkin's groundbreaking stylized titles since its Moscow premiere. The soundtrack is an arrangement and expansion of the original Edmund Meisel orchestral score."

More information and directions:­

Admission is: $9.50 Adults, $7 Seniors and Children.

8:30 Meet at the Castro Theatre (429 Castro St. at Market) to purchase tickets, then walk around the corner to Starbucks (4094 18th St, between Castro St & Hartford St)9:00 Return to the Castro Theatre to take our seats. The films start at 9:30.

10:45 After the film we will meet at Cafe Flor (2298 Market at 16th St.) for conversation and refreshments.



The End, Christopher Maclaine, 1953, 35 min., 16mm
The Man Who Invented Gold, Christopher Maclaine, 1957, 14 min., 16mm
Beat, Christopher Maclaine, 1958, 6 min., 16mm
Scotch Hop, Christopher Maclaine, 1959, 5.5 min., 16mm
Sausalito, Frank Stauffacher, 1949, 10 min., 16mm
Trumpit, Lawrence Jordan, 1956, 6 min., 16mm
Moods in Motion, Ettilie Wallace, 1954, 5 min., 16mm

$10 general; $7 SFMOMA and San Francisco Cinematheque members, students, and seniors.

More info about the film and its venue:­

6:30 Meet at SFMOMA’s Caffe Museo for coffee and conversation.

6:45 Purchase film tickets (Note: Museum admission is not necessary) and take our seats in the Phyllis Wattis Theater. The film program starts at 7:00.

8:30 After the film we will meet for conversation at The Coffee Bean, 773 Market at 4th St. 

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