Barbican Cinema: Silent Film and Live Music Autumn 2017

Barbican Cinema, Barbican Centre
Silent Film and Live Music
3 September – 1 October , Cinema 1
Box Office 0845 120 7527

Barbican Cinema opens its autumn Silent Film and Live Music series with the UK premiere of London Symphony with live musical accompaniment by the Covent Garden Sinfonia. Also screening is Sergei Eisenstein’s powerful classic, Strike, and The End of St Petersburg by Vsevolod Pudovkin .

London Symphony (U*)
+ Live musical accompaniment by the Covent Garden Sinfonia
Sun 3 Sep 3.30pm, Cinema 1
UK 2017 Dir Alex Barrett 72 min
Barbican Cinema opens the Autumn Silent Film and Live Music series with the UK premiere of a live score performance of London Symphony, a brand new audio/visual city symphony offering a poetic journey through London.
Directed by artist-filmmaker Alex Barrett (Life Just Is) and nominated for the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film at Edinburgh InternationalFilm Festival, it is an artistic snapshot of the city as it stands today, and a celebration of its culture and diversity.
Presented with the live premiere of accompanying composition by film composer James McWilliam (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), performed by the Covent Garden Sinfonia and conducted by Ben Palmer . The screening will be followed by a discussion featuring the filmmakers and London history specialist Mark Rowland, chair of Footprints of London.

Strike (12A) + Live piano accompaniment by Wendy Hiscocks
Sun 10 Sep 4pm, Cinema 1
USSR 1925 Dir Sergei Eisenstein 82 min 35mm presentation
Sergei Eisenstein 's ground-breaking first feature tells the story of a workers’ revolt in a factory in Czarist Russia. Featuring historic experiments in the art of montage, Eisenstein used editing to juxtapose complementary images to create rapid and dynamic shifts in rhythm.
Exploring themes of collectivism versus individualism, with an explicit revolutionary agenda and laden with visual metaphors - the emotive sequence towards the end in which the violent suppression of the strike is cross-cut with footage of cattle being slaughtered, has been compulsory viewing for film students ever since. An exemplary moment in Russian revolutionary cinema.

The End of St. Petersburg (PG)
+ Live musical accompaniment by HarmonieBand
Sun 1 Oct 3.30pm, Cinema 1
USSR 1927 Dir Vsevolod Pudovkin 87 min 35mm presentation
Commissioned to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the October Revolution , The End of St Petersburg secured Vsevolod Pudovkin's place as one of the foremost Soviet film directors. His sophisticated analysis of the Revolution sits within a brilliant and dramatic reconstruction of the major events.
Paul Robinson ’s compelling score has overt Russian leanings with the shadow of Shostakovitch not far behind the surface, together with arrangements from Red Army Ensemble material and Russian folk song.