In the 1920s and 30s, Soviet propaganda films profoundly influenced the emerging luminaries of British documentary filmmaking, shaping their ideas about film as an art form. Eisenstein's groundbreaking Battleship Potemkin (1925) wasn't seen in the UK until 1929, when it was double-billed with Grierson's Drifters (1929). The London Film Society's screening of Potemkin and Drifters on 10 November 1929, at the Tivoli cinema in the Strand, is now the most celebrated double-bill in film history.
Sergei Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin was banned in the UK by the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) up until which year?
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