Former RTÉ producer Peter McEvoy revealed an Irish connection to Sergei Eisenstein’s classic film, Battleship Potemkin, at the latest RTS Republic of Ireland event.
The silent Russian film tells the story of the revolutionary mutineers who take over their ship, the Potemkin, in 1905. McEvoy explained that one of the mutineers, Ivan Beshov, escaped to London, where he met Lenin. It is believed that the future leader of the Russian Revolution introduced Beshov to the Irish trade union leader, Jim Larkin, who advised him to go to Dublin.
Beshov arrived in the city in 1913 and the revolutionary turned capitalist set up a chain of fish and chip shops that are in existence to this day, managed by Ivan’s grandsons. He died in 1989, aged between 104 and 106 years.
Among the excerpts from Battleship Potemkin screened by McEvoy, who is a member of the RTS Republic of Ireland Committee and has an MA in film studies, was the famous Odessa Steps sequence.
McEvoy revealed another Irish connection to Eisenstein – the director met James Joyce in Paris in 1925 to discuss adapting Ulysses, though the film was never made.