Eisenstein: A Life in Conflict

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Overlook Press, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
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Eisenstein: A Life in Conflict tells the dramatic story of this great director's of life and his groundbreaking work -- from his precocious childhood to his explosion on the revolutionary art scene, through his landmark film career and relationships with artists as diverse as James Joyce and Wait Disney, to his untimely death at age fifty. Drawing upon recently released material from the Soviet archives and from psychologically revealing personal letters, diaries and sketches, Bergan sheds new light on the influences of Eisenstein's parents, his childhood and his ambivalent sexuality on his life and work. Eisenstein: A Lift in Conflict is an important biography of a film director whose work displayed a passionate and profound grasp of art and science, of philosophy and religion.

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What more can be said about Eisenstein--film pioneer and enfant terrible of Soviet cinema--that countless tomes haven't already covered? The novelty in Bergan's accessible biography lies in newly ... Read full review


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About the author (1999)

Ronald Bergan is the author of a number of books including "The United Artists Story", "Jean Renoir: Projections of Paradise", and "Great Theaters of London". He is also coauthor of the highly acclaimed "Faber Companion to Foreign Films". While living in France, he taught literature, theater, and film at the Sorbonne, the British Institute in Paris, and the University of Lille.

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