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[Translate to English:] © EFPI

rbb Großer Sendesaal, 7:00 p.m.

Performed by Junge Ensemble Berlin under the baton of Michael Riedel.

Sergej Eisenstein’s world famous film BATTLESHIP POTEMPKIN commemorates the mutiny on the Tsar’s battleship at Odessa in 1905. At the age of 28 the talented Eisenstein established his famous technique of creating a composite picture with this film. With a sense for rhythm and dynamic, this film is known as a very demanding and vivid work. Controversially, it takes viewers along a path of emotion as an effort to create political awareness. 

What begins as a mere protest against bad meat results in a revolutionary upheaval on board the Battleship Potemkin in Odessa, 1905. The Admiral orders that the group of sailors who refused to eat the meat to be shot. Vakulinchik rallies his comrades to rise against the officers who oppress them. The uprising is successful when the officers are killed, yet Vakulinchik pays with his death. His body is revered and hailed as a symbol of the revolution. Odessa’s citizens join the Battleship Potemkin in its revolt until they are killed by Cossaks, in one of the most famous scenes of the film. This ends the revolt in Odessa, yet a battleship fleet is sent by the government to destroy the Potemkin. As the sailors become aware of this, they prepare for what appears to be their final defeat. Soon the battleships near and the comrades aim their cannons at them. They plead with them not to shoot, and as they draw closer to the fleet they discover that their enemy’s cannons no longer aim at them. The sailors of the Potemkin cheer and wave the revolutionary red flag.