Battleship (DVD) BFI


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In the 1920s and 1930s, Soviet propaganda films profoundly influenced the emerging luminaries of British documentary filmmaking. Sergei Eisenstein’s groundbreaking Battleship Potemkin was not seen in the UK until the momentous London Film Society screening in 1929, where it was double-billed with John Grierson’s Drifters.

This new restoration of Battleship Potemkin is presented with the 1926 Edmund Meisel score. Also included amongst the extensive special features is a newly remastered transfer of Drifters, which employs the original tinting and toning and features a newly commissioned score by innovative British composer/performer Jason Singh.

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Special Features

Drifters (John Grierson, 1929, 39 mins): Grierson's acclaimed film that follows a herring drifter, from departure in Scotland to market in East Anglia
Granton Trawler (John Grierson, 1934, 11 mins): Grierson's follow up to Drifters, one of the GPO Film Unit's first experiments with sound
Trade Tattoo (Len Lye, 1937, 6 mins): celebratory animation made from off-cuts of EMB and GPO films, including Drifters and Night Mail
North Sea (Harry Watt, 1938, 32 mins): dramatic reconstruction of sea farers battle with the elements, produced by the GPO Film Unit