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Eisenstein, Cinema, and History

by James Goodwin

Eisenstein, Cinema, and History Synopsis

Among early directors, Sergei Eisentein stands alone as the maker of a fully historical cinema. James Goodwin treats issues of revolutionary history and historical representation as central to an understanding of Eisentein's work, which explores two movements within Soviet history and consciousness: the Bolshevik Revolution and the Stalinist state. Goodwin articulates intersections between Eisentein's ideas and aspects of the thought of Walter Benjamin, Georg Lukacs, Ernst Bloch, and Bertolt Brecht. He also shows how the formal properties and filmic techniques of each work reveal perspectives on history . Individual chapters focus on Strike, Battleship Potemkin, October, Old and New, projects of the 1930s, Alexander Nevsky, and Ivan the Terrible.

Eisenstein, Cinema, and History Press Reviews

Goodwin charts the radical evolution of Eisenstein's approach to cinema, taking into account the dangerous vagaries of Marxist and Stalinist policies under which he was forced to labor. More than just another critical perspective on a particular set of films, this can be read as a definitive primer of Eisenstein's cinema. -- Library Journal

Book Information

ISBN: 9780252062698
Publication date: 1st February 1993
Author: James Goodwin
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 274 pages
Categories: Film theory & criticism,

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