Sergei Eisenstein: Films That Shook the World

February 9–April 21, 2018

This major retrospective celebrates one of cinema’s most pioneering and influential figures, whose theory of montage shaped the way films are made and understood.

  • Alexander Nevsky

  • Battleship Potemkin

  • Strike

  • October

  • Ivan the Terrible, Part I

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  • Ivan the Terrible, Part I

    • Sunday, February 11 2 PM
    • Saturday, April 21 6 PM
    Sergei Eisenstein
    USSR, 1944

    In sixteenth-century Moscow, the newly crowned Czar Ivan battles both the nobility and the church in an effort to unify Russia. Scored by Sergei Prokofiev, Eisenstein’s painterly film is like a fresco come to life.

    Peter Bagrov in Person (February 11 screening only)

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  • Ivan the Terrible, Part II

    • Sunday, February 11 4:30 PM
    • Saturday, April 21 8 PM
    Sergei Eisenstein
    USSR, 1946/1958

    The second part of Eisenstein’s unfinished trilogy follows Ivan’s return to the throne and his ruthless opposition to the schemes of the nobility to keep Russia divided among its princes and foreign interests.

    Peter Bagrov in Person (February 11 screening only)

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  • Misery and Fortune of Women

    • Sunday, March 25 2 PM
    Eduard Tisse
    Switzerland, 1929

     A treatise on the need for legal abortions, made in Switzerland by cinematographer Eduard Tisse and “supervised” by Eisenstein. With the poetic short Romance sentimentale.

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  • Que Viva Mexico!

    • Saturday, March 24 5 PM
    Sergei Eisenstein, Grigori Alexandrov
    USSR, 1931/1979

    Film to Table dinner follows

    See Mexico through Eisenstein’s eyes in this compilation of footage shot in 1931, intended for an epic hybrid of documentary and fiction that the director never finished. With short Bezhin Meadow.

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  • The General Line

    • Saturday, March 17 7:30 PM
    Sergei Eisenstein, Grigori Alexandrov
    USSR, 1929

    BAMPFA Collection

    Eisenstein’s “Russian Gothic” tells of a peasant woman’s struggle against superstition, hostility, and greed in her attempt to form a collective.

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  • October

    • Sunday, March 4 4:30 PM
    Sergei Eisenstein
    USSR, 1928

    Digital Restoration

    Made to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Russian Revolution, October fictionally recreates the revolution’s power and fury: so well, in fact, that some of its scenes have been reused in documentaries as the “real thing.”

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  • Strike

    • Friday, February 23 7 PM
    Sergei Eisenstein
    USSR, 1925

    BAMPFA Collection Print / BAMPFA Student Committee Pick!

    A strike by a group of factory workers and its brutal suppression form the backbone of Eisenstein’s agitprop masterpiece of ferocious montage.

    Judith Rosenberg on Piano

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  • Alexander Nevsky

    • Saturday, February 10 4:30 PM
    • Friday, February 16 4 PM
    Sergei Eisenstein, Dmitri Vasiliev
    USSR, 1938

    Film to Table dinner follows the February 10 screening

    Eisenstein’s first completed sound film has a score by Sergei Prokofiev to propel its tale of a thirteenth-century hero confronting foreign invaders.

    Peter Bagrov in Person (February 10 screening only)

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  • Sergei Eisenstein

    Out of the Vault: Sergei Eisenstein and His Contemporaries

    • Friday, February 9 1:30 PM

    JUST ADDED!

    A panel of visiting scholars—all experts in the field of early Russian and Soviet cinema—joins Moscow-based scholar and archivist Peter Bagrov for this program of rare shorts and excerpts from the BAMPFA Soviet Cinema Collection.

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  • Battleship Potemkin

    • Friday, February 9 7 PM
    Sergei Eisenstein
    USSR, 1925

    BAMPFA Collection

     

    Eisenstein’s classic can be appreciated for “not only the perfection of its form, but the humanitarianism and enthusiasm that impregnated its revolutionary subject” (Georges Sadoul).

    Introduction by Peter Bagrov; Judith Rosenberg on Piano

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