October (1927) Sergei Eisenstein

October (1927) Sergei Eisenstein

Kino Klassika presents Sergei Eisenstein’s 1927 silent film masterpiece, October, to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution.  The film recreates the events of October 1917 with accompaniment by the London Symphony Orchestra. The screening will take place 100 years to the date after the start of the October Revolution in Russia.

 

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About Sergei Eisenstein’s October

Sergei Eisenstein had free reign to recreate the events of October 25th 1917.   Eisenstein and his team were allowed to film throughout the Hermitage or Winter Palace. Also, they were allowed to raise the city’s famous bridges. They recreated in lavish detail both the battleship Aurora’s attack and the storming of the Winter Palace.  

Eisenstein’s October is the high point of Eisenstein’s exploration of ‘intellectual montage’. Furthermore, critics regard the film as the end marker of the radical innovation of 1920s Russian filmmaking. The film boasts dazzling editing sequences of images.  Joseph Stalin famously removed sequences involving Trotsky from the final cut.  

This newly restored version premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2012. Most importantly, we see the film with accompaniment by music originally composed by Edmund Meisel at this British premiere.  Frank Strobel, the leading film in music conductor, accompanies the film with the London Symphony Orchestra. 

Frank Strobel

Frank Strobel

Conductor

Frank Strobel is one of the most versatile and internationally renowned conductors of his generation. Furthermore he is a regular collaborator with the London Symphony Orchestra.  Frank is the pre-eminent world figure in the ‘film in concert’ movement. He takes silent films into opera houses and concert halls all over the world. Strobel conducted world premieres and reproductions of works by Sergei Prokofiev, Alfred Schnittke and Siegfried Wagner. Also he edited the reconstruction of Eisenstein’s Alexander Nevsky score by Sergei Prokofiev. Furthermore Frank edited Robert Wiene’s film of Der Rosenkavalier with music by Richard Strauss.

Kino Klassika thanks Lombard Odier for their generous support of this screening. 

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