Early Soviet Cinema: Innovation, Ideology and Propaganda by David Gillespie

By David Gillespie

Early Soviet Cinema: Innovation, Ideology and Propaganda examines the aesthetics of Soviet cinema in the course of its "golden age" of the Nineteen Twenties, opposed to a heritage of cultural ferment and the development of a brand new socialist society. Separate chapters are dedicated to the paintings of Sergei Eisenstein, Lev Kuleshov, Vsevolod Pudovkin, Dziga Vertov and Alexander Dovzhenko. different significant administrators also are mentioned at size. David Gillespie areas basic specialize in the textual content, with research targeting the inventive traits, instead of the political implications, of every movie. the result's not just a dialogue of every director's contribution to the "golden age" and to international cinema but additionally an exploration in their personal particular poetics.

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The Winter Palace is defended by a women's battalion (with more than a hint of lesbian relationships among them), begging the question: what hope is there for a regime if it is defended by women who are more concerned with looking good and longing for emotional relationships, than with the men's business of fighting? Indeed, the attack by men on the Winter Palace, defended by women who cower out of sight in a bedchamber, can be viewed as a symbolic rape of the old world by aggressively masculine Bolsheviks.

He completed four silent films in the 1920S and three more sound films before his death in 1948 (two if both parts of Ivan the Terrible are regarded as one film), and this quantitatively insubstantial legacy has spawned a huge industry of Eisenstein studies, museums, research groups and monographs. Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein was born in Riga (now the capital of Latvia) in January 1898, the son of a prominent architect and civil engineer. His father Mikhail Osipovich Eisenstein was a German Jew who was assimilated in Russian society.

Battleship Potemkin opened with shots of waves crashing against the sea shore, a Chekhovian device suggesting the seething human passions about to be displayed. The General Line opens with a series of cross-cuts of fields, sleeping peasants, livestock and rain, but this then gives way to a depiction of the grinding poverty of rural life. A household is both literally and metaphorically divided in two as a saw cuts through the wood in a brutal image of coercion and misery, as peasants are forced to sell off half of their house.

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