Come the Revolution

One of the largest ever audiences for a silent film assembled in London on September 12th 2004. It is estimated that 25,000 people attended to see Eisenstein’s Communist masterpiece The Battleship Potemkin. The attraction? A new score by the Pet Shop Boys. 

“Writing a silent film soundtrack is great because you’ve got 73 minutes of clear space,” said front-man Neil Tennant. “It’s not like writing a soundtrack to a talkie, where you have to fit the music around the dialogue. You have a completely clean slate.”

How they filled that slate you can judge for yourself. The film is now available here with the full Pet Shop Boys score. You’ll want to turn your speakers up. 

 

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By Michael ‘Charlie’ McGee