Selected Works: Writings, 1934-47

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BFI Pub., 1988 - Performing Arts - 405 pages
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Sergei Eisenstein (1898-1948) was not only one of the worlds greatest filmmakers, he was also one of the most important theorists and teachers of film. In the period covered by this volume, 1934-47, his filmmaking ran into the difficulties generated by the authorities' increasingly restricted definition of socialist realism, by the show trials, the purges, the Second World War, and the postwar proclamation of a rigid cultural orthodoxy by Stalin's henchmen, Zhdanov.
In this volume, we see Eisenstein's reaction to this hostile environment, as filmmaker, theorist, and teacher, from his public obeisance over Bezhin Meadow to his private defiance with Ivan the Terrible.

This volume completes the original project to publish Eisenstein's Selected Works in English.

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Eisenstein the erratically brilliant Russian film director, propagandist, master of symbolism, and teacher of cinema, springs triumphantly back from obscurity in this painstakingly compiled ... Read full review


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Richard Taylor is Professor of Politics at the University of Wales, Swansea.