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Fest screening marks 'Potemkin's' 80th anni

COLOGNE — The Berlin Film Festival will honor Russian helmer Sergei Eisenstein with a showing of a restored print of his classic “Battleship Potemkin.”

Pic, to be accompanied by a live orchestra, will unspool Feb. 12 and 13 in the Retrospective sidebar.

“With its pioneering editing techniques, ‘Battleship Potemkin’ revolutionized cinematic art,” the fest said in its announcement. “Shot in three months, the film catapulted 27-year-old Sergei Eisenstein into the ranks of the world’s best directors.”

Berlinale picked the classic to mark the pic’s 80th anniversary and the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution.

For the first time in an international screening, pic will include the Russian intertitles with their original graphics and an opening speech by Russian revolutionary leader Leo Trotsky.

The version also restores cuts made by censors.

“The story of this film is also a story of mutilation, as it constitutes one of the most spectacular cases of censorship in the 1920s,” the Berlinale stated. “No complete print of the Russian premiere version of the film has survived.”

The German Film Orchestra Babelsberg will play the original score, composed in 1926 by Edmund Meisel for the film’s Teutonic preem.

The restoration of film and music has been carried out by film foundation Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek, supported by the Berlin-based Filmarchiv and the British Film Institute in London.

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