SERGEI M. EISENSTEIN by Marie Seton

SERGEI M. EISENSTEIN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A biography of the great pioneer artist in the film medium in which the author seeks to show the man and his work and their inevitable relation. Born in Latvia of Jewish and Russian stock in 1898, Sergei became an ardent Soviet during the Revolution, and after the war embarked on his chosen career in Moscow. From his initial workshop he went on to universal success with Potenkin; he wrote, devised techniques for the effects he wanted -- the montage is his contribution, and fought with himself and the outer world for artistry. Invited to Hollywood to make a picture, he was ousted by Anti-semitic and Anti-Communist action; in Mexico to make a film, he came into never resolved conflict with his backer, Upton Sinclair; in Russia he had trouble with rivals and with films censored by the Soviets. His masterpieces, Alexander Nevksy, and Ivan The Terrible- achieved, he died, a man whose restless personal life, crippled by an unfortunate relation with his frivolous, immature mother, was subordinate to his art. The troubled heart and soul of a man, his brilliance, human qualities, are given attention here, as well as his philosophy of art and his masterpieces. Beautiful illustrations, many of film shots. For those to whom cinema is something more than entertainment.

Publisher: A. A. Wyn