A Premature Celebration of Eisenstein's Centenary
Jay Leyda, the veteran Eisensteinian, and Alan Upchurch, the young scholar-translator, have collaborated on this collection of freshly translated invaluable Eisenstein material, with a couple of pieces by the master on imagery, a historic 1925 document on 'Falling Out of Proletkult', and a bunch of letters, including a long correspondence between Esther Shub, the outstanding documentary filmmaker, and Eisenstein, letters to Japanese friends and to Victoria Ocampo, and a letter from Samuel Beckett that got lost. Eisenstein's writings are always full of brilliant insights into the aesthetics and technology of cinema, and its interconnections with literature and the other arts.
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