Eisenstein, Cinema, and History

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University of Illinois Press, 1993 - Performing Arts - 262 pages
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Rarely does a critical study of film rest on such a solid foundation as this satisfying, three-dimensional overview of the career of the former Soviet Union's preeminent filmmaker. Goodwin (English ... Read full review

Contents

Revolutionary Beginnings From Theater to Cinema
16
Strike The Beginnings of Revolution
37
Battleship Potemkin Pathos and Politics
57
October History and Genesis
79
Old and New History and Utopia
98
Dislocation Projects 192932
120
Disjunction Projects 193237
139
Alexander Nevsky The Great Man in History
156
Ivan the Terrible An Inversion of History
179
Conclusion
210
Notes
221
Filmography
237
Bibliography
243
Index
257
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Page 6 - If in all ideology men and their circumstances appear upside-down as in a camera obscura, this phenomenon arises just as much from their historical lifeprocess as the inversion of objects on the retina does from their physical life-process.
Page 5 - ... includes in its comprehension and affirmative recognition of the existing state of things, at the same time also, the recognition of the negation of that state, of its inevitable breaking up; because it regards every historically developed social form as in fluid movement, and therefore takes into account its transient nature not less than its momentary existence; because it lets nothing impose upon it, and is in its essence critical and revolutionary.
Page 6 - In direct contrast to German philosophy which descends from heaven to earth, here we ascend from earth to heaven. That is to say, we do not set out from what men say, imagine, conceive, nor from men as narrated, thought of, imagined, conceived, in order to arrive at men in the flesh. We set out from real, active men, and on the basis of their real life-process we demonstrate the development of the ideological reflexes and echoes of this life-process.

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James Goodwin obtained his MD from the University of Toronto and went on to the Harvard Medical School for his postgraduate training in obstetrics and gynecology. he has taught and practised perinatology at four Canadian universities and abroad. Dr. Goodwin and his wife, Alison, live in Toronto, where he is studying medical history at the University of Toronto.

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