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Andrew Osborn’s article in The Independent, 14th June 2005, asks ‘Why is no one celebrating?’ on the centenary of the beginning of the rebellion by the sailors of the battleship Potemkin, an event immortalised 20 years later by the Russian film-maker Sergei Eisenstein in Battleship Potemkin.
The article forced me to consider whether I would have remembered or be interested in the Potemkin mutiny 100 years after the event without the myth, which is Eisenstein’s film. It also made me wonder how we (hypothetically) will view the 9/11 news coverage on the centenary of the attack?
The latest news (The Independent 12th July 2005) is that Paramount Pictures are going to produce a film about two policemen trapped in Tower One, I wonder how we will view this film on the centenary of 9/11? Visual images yet again prove, however it may distort, that they are a more universal, more powerful, aide-memoire than many a written report.
Andrew Osborn reports in The Independent 4th July 2005 the latest developments of the Muzey Kino, Russia’s State Cinema Museum, which is to be closed and replaced by a strip club. Obviously certain people will be celebrating but not those interested in film and Russian cultural history. The Museum holds a major collection of films and the belongings of Sergei Eisenstein as well as an archive of over 40,000 items of cinematic history and encourages international dialogue. I have contacted the Museum Friends protest group to offer my support: http://www.muzeikino.ru/
I further discuss the role of Eisenstein’s film in the imagery of Moment of Impact 9/11 under visual themes: firemen and story of the work 2: stage 5.
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