DECONSTRUCTION OF ODESSA IN 7 PERMUTATIONS
Running time: 4’13’’
Directed by Sergei M. Eisenstein, Tvrtko Rašpolić
Cinematography by Eduard Tisse
Composer: Dmitri D. Shostakovich
Bow chasers turn menacingly. The title reads: Meta - Odessa Opera. Enemy camp. Cannons open fire. We see stone cherubs, there's smoke. A sleeping lion wakes up and prances. Explosions, destruction and mayhem.
The described sequence doesn’t necessarily correspond to that (already) seen on the screen.
Film Deconstruction of Odessa is composed from randomly generated versions of Eisenstein's source Battleship Potemkin created through permutations of existing frames (total number of permutations of 20 frames is 2432 x 1012, whereas integral running time of the film exceeds 2.6 billion years).
Deconstruction of Odessa is a theoretical/socio-cultural (in many ways quite hermetical) experiment which brings to light a whole series of questions in the tripartite relationship of author-audience-society, and whose only purpose is to create a new space for rethinking these territories