FILMOGRAPHY

  • 1923 Dvenik Glumova (short) 1925 Grev 1925 Battleship Potemkin 1928 October (Ten days That shook The World) 1929 Staroye i novoye 1929 Gore i radost zhenshchiny 1929 The Storming of La Sarraz 1930 Romance sentimantale (short) 1931 La destrucción de Oaxaca (short documentary) 1932 iQue viva Mexico! 1933 Thunder Over Mexico 1933 Eisenstein in Mexico (documentary) 1934 Death day (short) 1935 Bezhin lug (short) 1936 Aleksandr Nevskiy 1939 The Fergana Canal (short documentary) 1940 Time in the Sun (documentary) 1941 Conquering Cross 1941 Idol of Hope 1941 Land and Freedom 1941 Mexican Symphony 1941 Mexico Marches 1941 Spaniard and Indian 1941 Zapotecan Village 1943 Seeds of Freedom 1944 İvan The terrible (part 1) 1958 İvan The terrible (part 2) 1958 Eisenstein's Mexican Project 1979 iQue Viva Mexico! - Da zdravstvuyet Meksika! (documentary) 1988 Ivan Groznyy III (short)

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  • Aleksandr Nevsky
    (Aleksandr Nevsky)
    Potemkin Zırhlısı
    (Armored Potemkin)
    October (10 Days That Shook the World)
    (Ten Days That Shook The World, The)

Sergei Eisenstein

At age 25 Eisenstein was the enfant terrible of Soviet theatre. After two more productions Proletkult invited Eisenstein to make a film. It was The Strike (1925), and Meyerhold's pupil soon became the most famous Soviet filmmaker. "The cart dropped to pieces", he noted some years later, "and the driver dropped into cinema". [...] Cinema was not only the next step in the development of theatre; Eisenstein considered cinema the synthesis of all the arts. He found in the cinematic technique of montage analogies to the juxtapositions of images in verse, to the inner monologue of Joyce's Ulysses, to the rich "intercutting" of action and dialogue in Dickens and Tolstoy. [...] Throughout the silent era Eisenstein assumed that his aesthetic experimentation could be harmonized with the propaganda dictates of the State. Each of his silent films begins with an epigraph from Lenin, and each depicts a key moment in the myth of Bolshevik ascension: the pre-revolutionary struggles (The Strike), the 1905 revolution (Potemkin), the Bolshevik coup (October), and contemporary agricultural policy (The Old and the New). The world-wide success of Potemkin won sympathy and respect for the regime; who could not be moved by Eisenstein's shocking portrayal of the tsarist troops massacring innocents on the Odessa Steps?[.....] He had more success with Nevsky, which coincided with Stalin's Russophilia and served as timely propaganda against German invasion. Eisenstein won the Order of Lenin. The first part of Ivan the Terrible also enhanced his stature. [....] But the second part of the projected Ivan trilogy fell foul of policymakers. Ivan, hesitating to kill his enemies, was now judged too "Hamlet-like", and the film was banned by the Central Committee. [....] The attack on Ivan Part Two led Eisenstein, already in poor health, to greater isolation. He died in 1948, under a cloud of criticism which would not be lifted for a decade. Ironically, his films and writings were far more v