The Scribbler

30 May 2006

Battleship Potemkin review

Filed under: words — The Scribbler @ 18:12

Here's a crazy idea. Why not spend a cold Bank Holiday evening watching a Russian black and white silent film, accompanied by an orchestra, while standing in a shipyard. What's even crazier is how much I enjoyed it.

Had it not been for the Pet Shop Boys involvement, I probably wouldn't have known about or had any interest in this event. And I would have missed out. Missed out on appreciating just why Battleship Potemkin is hailed as such a great film and its director has been called a genius. And missed out on a unique and resonant experience.

For me, the star of the show was the film. I was amazed at how black and white images, and the odd caption could so completely capture a mood and tell a very human story. Filmed without the benefit of fast paced jump cuts, computer generated joggery pokery and special effects of many modern films, it really proved to me that a good story, well told has its own emotional power.

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