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Soviet Influence, The: Battleship Potemkin / Drifters

Synopsis
The second in the BFI’s series looking at the influence of silent Soviet films on British filmmakers of the 1930s pairs Sergei Eisenstein’s 1929 film BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN (BRONENOSETS POTEMKIN) with John Grierson’s DRIFTERS. Eisenstein’s film received its British premiere on the same day as DRIFTERS - November 10, 1929 - both films appearing on the same bill at the Film Society. Grierson had previously produced an English language version of Eisenstein’s film for its American screening and the Soviet director’s influence can be seen in DRIFTERS. The restoration of BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN is presented with the 1926 Edmund Meisel score, while DRIFTERS features a newly commissioned score by Jason Singh. The BFI’s dual format DVD and Blu-Ray edition features both films in High Definition. Bonus materials include a booklet and three more films: Grierson’s GRANTON TRAWLER (1934); TRADE TATTOO (Len Lye, 1937) and NORTH SEA (Harry Watt, 1938).
Series
Soviet Influence, Series
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2012
Subjects
Film studies; History
Keywords
cinema - Russia; cinema - UK; documentary films

Credits

Director
John Grierson; Sergei Eisenstein
Music
Jason Singh
Composer
Edmund Meisel

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL, Blu-Ray DVD
Price
£19.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
124 minutes
Year
2012

Distributor

Name

BFI Video

Email
video.films@bfi.org.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7957 8957
Fax
020 7957 8968
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
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