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Titles and names in bold print contain more complete information
Director,
Writer,
Actor,
Editor
 
Born 1898, Latvia
 
Died 1948

Sergey EISENSTEIN

Сергей Михайлович ЭЙЗЕНШТЕЙН
Sergueï EISENSTEIN

Filmography (extracts)
 
Director
1945 - Ivan the Terrible, Part two (Иван Грозный (2-я серия)) [fiction, 100 mn]
1944 - Ivan the Terrible, Part One (Иван Грозный (1-я серия)) [fiction, 100 mn]
1938 - Alexander Nevsky (Александр Невский) [fiction, 111 mn]
1935 - Bezhin Meadow (Бежин луг) [fiction]
1931 - Que Viva Mexico! (Да здравствует Мексика) [documentary]
1931 - Earthquake in Oaxaca (Катастрофа в Оахаке) [documentary, 12 mn]
1930 - Romance sentimentale (Сентиментальный романс) [fiction, 20 mn]
1929 - The Old and the New (Старое и новое) [fiction, 90 mn]
1927 - October (Октябрь) [fiction, 104 mn]
1925 - Battleship Potemkin («1905») (Броненосец «Потемкин») [fiction, 75 mn]
1924 - Strike (Стачка) [fiction, 72 mn]
1923 - Dnevnik Glumova (Дневник Глумова) [fiction, 5 mn]
 
Writer
1945 - Ivan the Terrible, Part two (Иван Грозный (2-я серия)) by Sergey EISENSTEIN [fiction, 100 mn]
1944 - Ivan the Terrible, Part One (Иван Грозный (1-я серия)) by Sergey EISENSTEIN [fiction, 100 mn]
1938 - Alexander Nevsky (Александр Невский) by Sergey EISENSTEIN [fiction, 111 mn]
1935 - Bezhin Meadow (Бежин луг) by Sergey EISENSTEIN [fiction]
1931 - Que Viva Mexico! (Да здравствует Мексика) by Sergey EISENSTEIN [documentary]
1931 - Earthquake in Oaxaca (Катастрофа в Оахаке) by Sergey EISENSTEIN [documentary, 12 mn]
1929 - The Old and the New (Старое и новое) by Sergey EISENSTEIN [fiction, 90 mn]
1927 - October (Октябрь) by Sergey EISENSTEIN [fiction, 104 mn]
1924 - Strike (Стачка) by Sergey EISENSTEIN [fiction, 72 mn]
1923 - Dnevnik Glumova (Дневник Глумова) by Sergey EISENSTEIN [fiction, 5 mn]
 
Actor
1925 - Battleship Potemkin («1905») (Броненосец «Потемкин») by Sergey EISENSTEIN [fiction, 75 mn]
 
Editor
1930 - Misery and Fortune of Women (Радость и горе женщины) by Eduard TISSE [fiction, 59 mn]

Author :

Awards :
Battleship Potemkin («1905») :
Named the greatest film of all time at the Brussels World's Fair, 1958.

Biography
Born: 23 January 1898 (Riga, Latvia)
Died: 11 February 1948 (Moscow)

The son of a shipbuilder, Eisenstein chose a career in the arts over engineering or architecture. After W.W. I he worked as a designer and a director in the theater, where he developed his theory of "Soviet realism." One of his plays was staged not in a theater but in a gasworks. It was inevitable that Eisenstein would gravitate toward cinema, with its natural potential for realism.

His 1st film, Strike (1924), was so inventive and vigorous that it drew immediate attention. The 27-year-old director filmed Potemkin in 2 months. It is remarkable for its maturity and masterly use of camera techniques. Eisenstein was also a pioneer in film editing, and the film is a virtual textbook of this art. In a famous scene, a baby carriage rolls down a long flight of steps while a horrified student watches helplessly from below. The images are intercut and the action slows down, alternating the separate images into one shocking scene. So original was his style that even though it has been copied endlessly, nothing since has equaled it.

When Soviet leaders became aware of the vast technical superiority of Hollywood production, it was only natural that the titanic young film maker should be chosen to study in the U.S. Eisenstein was lured by Hollywood as doggedly as a promising high school athlete is by American universities, but the promises of complete directorial freedom and vast sums of money never materialized. He signed with Paramount, whose executives were subsequently shocked that the Russian Cecil B. De Mille could come up with ideas so devoid of popular appeal. In 6 months Eisenstein and the studio proposed and rejected 7 projects before Paramount gave him a return ticket home.

By then, Eisenstein had been called a "defector" by the U.S.S.R. and was anxious to remain in America. He undertook filming a massive folk epic about Mexico, with the financial backing of the novelist Upton Sinclair. The stocky 32-year-old director was extremely temperamental. The project expanded from its 3-month schedule into a 2-year ordeal for the novelist, whose wife had mortgaged her house to finance the picture. Sinclair accused Eisenstein of maliciously discrediting anyone who stood in his way and of trying to stay in the U.S. regardless of the cost to his friends. "The most charitable interpretation that I can place upon Eisenstein is that he is an egomaniac," Sinclair said. The project ended when Sinclair gave the editing of Que Viva Mexico to someone other than Eisenstein; the film was never completed. Eisenstein returned to Russia, completely dispirited, with nothing to show for 2 years' work.

After he returned to the Soviet Union, Eisenstein was a man on a leash. As a teacher in the Moscow Film Institute and while directing his later films, he was under the watchful eye of Soviet censors. Eisenstein had to apologize publicly for forgetting "those great ideas that our art is summoned to serve"--namely, socialism. He died of a heart attack in 1948 while still working on a mammoth epic, Ivan the Terrible. After Stalin's death in 1953, Eisenstein was once again honored in his native country.
Source : http://www.seagullfilms.com
 

Commentaries and bibliography
- In Excess: Sergei Eisenstein's Mexico , Masha SALAZKINA, 2009, University of Chicago Press,
- Knowing Icons and Transforming Experience: Sergei Eisenstein’s ¡Que Viva México! (1932) Gabrielle MURRAY, 2009, sensesofcinema.com/
- Sergei Eisenstein , Mike O'MAHONY, 2008, Reaktion Books
- Savage Junctures : Sergei Eisenstein And the Shape of Thinking Anne NESBET, 2007, I. B. Tauris
- The Eisenstein collection , Sergey EISENSTEIN, , Richard TAYLOR, 2006, Seagull Books
- Que Viva Mexico! Ethno-Exploitation and Thunder Over Mexico by Chris Meir Chris MEIR, 2005, synoptique.ca
- The Cinema Of Eisenstein , David BORDWELL, 2005, Routledge
- Ivan the Terrible , Joan NEUBERGER, 2003, I.B.Tauris
- Ivan the Terrible , Yuri TSIVIAN, 2002, British Film Institute
- October , Richard TAYLOR, 2002, British Film Institute
- Sergei Eisenstein : A Biography , Oxana BULGAKOVA, 2001, Potemkin Press
- The Battleship Potemkin : the film companion , Richard TAYLOR, 2000, I.B.Tauris
- The Eisenstein reader , Richard TAYLOR, 1998, British Film Institute
- Writings, 1935-47: S.M. Eisenstein , Sergey EISENSTEIN, , Richard TAYLOR, 1996, BFI Pub.
- Eisenstein Rediscovered , Ian CHRISTIE, , Richard TAYLOR, 1993, Routledge
- Eisenstein, Cinema, and History James GOODWIN, 1993, University of Illinois Press
- Montage Eisenstein , Jacques AUMONT, 1987, BFI Pub.
- Eisenstein , Ion BARNA, 1973, Secker & Warburg,
- Sergei M. Eisenstein : a biography , Marie SETON, 1952, A.A. Wyn
 
 

Photos and videos
Photos Aleksandr Grinberg (Александр Гринберг) (1926) http://www.photounion.ru/old/Gallery/grin_p_01.html

 
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