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Sergei Eisenstein’s classic epic commissioned in 1927 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, uses montage and a documentary style to present the events of the Bolshevik uprising in 1917.

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The resulting footage has often been mistaken for genuine newsreel, although some 1917 footage (shot by Esther Shub) was incorporated. In documentary style, events in Petrograd are re-enacted from the end of the monarchy in February of 1917 to the end of the provisional government and the decrees of peace and of land in November of that year. Lenin returns in April. In July, counter-revolutionaries put down a spontaneous revolt, and Lenin's arrest is ordered. By late October, the Bolsheviks are ready to strike: ten days will shake the world. (intertitles) USSR 1927 108m

Original silent film presentation on rare a 35mm print (with thanks to Contemporary Films) with piano accompaniment. We are delighted to welcome back silent pianist expert John Sweeney who gave us an exciting piano accompaniment for Eisenstein’s ‘Battleship Potemkin’ in St Johns Chapel in 2015. Expect more fireworks!

Tickets £10.50

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