Anthology Film Archives (New York City) seems to be holding something of an Eisenstein festival:
STRIKE / STACHKA
1925, 106 minutes, 35mm, b&w, silent. With Russian intertitles; English synopsis available.
Eisenstein’s interest in the Freudian father complex drives this psychological scenario in which non-actors step forward to acknowledge the viewer, illustrating Eisenstein’s desire to penetrate to the heart of cinema, sidestepping realism by “being real.”
Upcoming Showings: Saturday Jan 31 4:45 PM
BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN / BRONENOSETS POTEMKIN
1925, 74 minutes, 35mm, b&w, silent. With English intertitles.
Eisenstein’s constructivist montage and rigid, super-structured plot share equal weight with a seemingly spontaneous, inflamed emotion.
Upcoming Showings: Saturday Jan 31 8:45 PM, 7:00 PM
OCTOBER / OKTYABR
1928, 143 minutes, 35mm, b&w, silent. With Russian intertitles; English synopsis available.
Eisenstein celebrates the baroque in OCTOBER, as opposed to the Greek classicism of POTEMKIN, disappointing contemporary audience expectations. "Intellectual cinema" starts here.
Upcoming Showings: Sunday Feb 1 7:30 PM
OLD AND NEW
1929, 120 minutes, 35mm, b&w, silent. With Russian intertitles; English synopsis available.
Known also as THE GENERAL LINE, this is one of Eisenstein’s least-known films. With it, he developed and perfected his theories of “mise-en-cadre,” using the montage of characters in the foreground and background to conjure meanings, and “overtonal montage,” bringing silent film to its zenith.
Upcoming Showings: Sunday Feb 1 5:00 PM