Eisenstein Double Bill
Thursday, March 4, 2010, 1:30 p.m.
Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
Includes the following films:
1924. USSR. Directed by Sergei Eisenstein. Photographed by Edouard Tisse. With Maxim Straukh, Grigori Alexandrov, Mikhail Gomorov, I. Ivanov. Silent, with music track and English intertitles. 80 min.
1925. USSR. Directed by Sergei Eisenstein. Photographed by Edouard Tisse. With Alexander Antonov, Grigori Alexandrov, Vladimir Barsky. Silent, with music track and English intertitles. 50 min.
No first film (at least, prior to Citizen Kane) had the initial impact of Sergei Eisenstein’s Strike. His montage style, borrowed in part from D. W. Griffith’s films, was the antithesis of the long takes characteristic of F. W. Murnau and the German Expressionists and led to much theoretical writing by Eisenstein and others on the nature of filmic art. Eisenstein (1898–1948) followed up with his most famous film, Battleship Potemkin, the story of a 1905 naval mutiny in Odessa against the czar. In an era when the Bolshevik Revolution was relatively fresh and new, even bourgeois audiences in the West could admire the stirring, manipulative magic of Eisenstein’s work. Later, he would run afoul of Stalin and struggle for his career and his life.
In the Film exhibition An Auteurist History of Film
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