See clips from several of Eisenstein's films. He is considered the most important person in the history of early film.
Experts discuss the turning point at which Sergei Eisenstein realized he was an artist and wanted to become a filmmaker. His earliest films were propaganda made by order of the Russian government, the first of which centered on the Russian Revolution.
"Battleship Potemkin" is one of the most studied and influential films in the history of cinema. Eisenstein's next film, "October," covered the revolution which brought Vladimir Lenin and the Bolsheviks to power. Despite his creation of communist propaganda, the Russian government still closely monitored Eisenstein's activities within and outside of Russia.
The Soviet Union tasked Eisenstein with depicting changes in agricultural practices under communism. Eisenstein met Charlie Chaplain and Walt Disney who helped him get a contract with Paramount. Dr. Bonnie Greer shares the story of how Eisenstein came to and fell out of Hollywood and eventually returned Russia to create propaganda.
In 1944, Eisenstein released "Ivan the Terrible: Part I" as the Soviet Union was engaged in war with Nazi Germany. Eisenstein had been sent to Kazakhstan by Stalin. Following "Ivan the Terrible: Part II," which was banned in Russia by the Soviet Union, Eisenstein died suddenly following an attack of angina.
Credits: Sergei Eisenstein
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Sergei Eisenstein was an extraordinary Soviet film director and a pioneer in the theory and practice of montage. His most powerful films came in the silent era reflecting the struggles of Russian people in the early 1920s, including Strike (1925) and his masterpiece Battleship Potemkin (1925), considered by many as one of the greatest films ever made. He was to work in the sound era with his historical epics Alexander Nevsky (1938) and his two-part epic Ivan the Terrible (1944, 1958).
Length: 47 minutes
Copyright date: ©2018
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