Sergei Eisenstein is arguably the most important single figure in the history of movies. He was certainly the most versatile. The director of the masterpieces Battleship Potemkin
and Alexander Nevsky
, Eisenstein also wrote ground-breaking essays on film art and taught classes on motion picture production. In this thoughtful, clear, and beautifully organized book, David Bordwell describes Eisenstein's development as a filmmaker, essayist, and teacher, demonstrating how each of his occupations comments upon and elucidates the other. Playing the role of Eisenstein's biographer, historian, interpreter, and critic, Bordwell has composed one of the clearest and most complete views available of this difficult but exciting genius.
From Library Journal
Bordwell (film studies, Univ. of Wisconsin) offers an academic piece on the work of famed Russian director Sergei Eisenstein, whose silent film Battleship Potemkim (1925) is considered by many to be the best film ever made. The book's title may be taken in its broadest sense, for it examines not only Eisenstein's movies but also his work as theorist and teacher, as well as his place in contemporary cinematic thought. While each of his films is discussed in-depth, equal space is given to the other aspects of his film career. Wisely, the author doesn't present Eisenstein as working in the vacuum of a Communist society but relates the changing Soviet artistic, philosophic, and academic theories that unquestioningly influenced his continually evolving film poetics. For academic and subject collections.- Marianne Cawley, Kingwood Branch Lib., Tex.
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