About Sergei Eisenstein’s October
To mark the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, Kino Klassika will present Sergei Eisenstein’s 1927 film masterpiece, October, which recreates the events of October 1917.
Given free reign by the communist authorities to recreate the overturn of Tsarist rule, Eisenstein and his team were allowed to film throughout the Hermitage or Winter palace as well as to raise and lower the famous bridges of St Petersburg to recreate the battleship Aurora’s attack. Boasting complex and contrapunctal editing sequences of images, Eisenstein’s October is widely seen as the high point of Eisenstein’s exploration of ‘intellectual montage’, as well as the end marker of idealistic and uncensored Russian filmmaking of the early 1920s. Joseph Stalin famously removed sequences involving Trotsky, when he first viewed the film, from the final cut.
This newly restored version premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2012 and gives us an opportunity to see the film accompanied by music originally composed by Edmund Meisel with the masterful accompaniment of London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Frank Strobel.
The screening occupies centre stage in the Barbican’s prestigious international program, Film in Focus, to celebrate film in 2017. Side bar discussion, programming and educational events are currently in development.
Frank Strobel, who will conduct October, is one of the most versatile and internationally renowned conductors of his generation. He is the pre-eminent world figure in the ‘film in concert’ movement and has taken silent films into opera houses and concert halls the world over. He is acclaimed for world premieres and reproductions of works by Sergei Prokofiev, Alfred Schnittke and Siegfried Wagner and edited the reconstruction of Eisenstein’s Alexander Nevsky score by Sergei Prokofiev and Robert Wiene’s film of Der Rosenkavalier with music by Richard Strauss.