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"Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake - Chessmaster Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower (1887-1956)"

Monday, January 14, 2008

Battleship Potemkin...
Last Friday Stuart and I went to see the Pet Shop Boys with the BBC Concert Orchestra perform live to a screening of Battleship Potemkin at the Barbican.

I knew the Pet Shop Boys music quite well as I'd owned the recording for a while but had never actually seen the film. And wow what a film. I can see why it gets rated as one of the greatest films of all time. And of course many other films have been inspired by the powerful scene at the Odessa steps - a baby in a pram rolling down steps amidst gun fire (The Godfather, The Untoucables, Revenge of the Sith, Brazil etc.) If you've not seen Battleship Potemkin before you can watch it online or download it for free from the rather wonderful Internet Archive.

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