Films of Sergei Eisenstein
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Communication
Course Number: NFLM 3043
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Topics:
  • Media Studies
  • Film & Video History, Theory & Criticism
  • Directing
Description:
Explores the major works of Sergei Eisenstein (1898-1948), one of the giants not only of Russian but of World cinema. A filmmaker, film theorist, and teacher, Eisenstein developed the theory and practice of “montage,” that is, the dialectical notion that meaning in a film is created primarily by the juxtaposition of individual shots. The combination of aesthetic brilliance, technical experimentation, and political commitment in his films continue to influence both mainstream and politically committed cinema today. Students are expected to watch (and write about) one film each week outside of class: Strike (1925), Battleship Potemkin (1926), October (1927), Alexander Nevsky (1938), and Ivan the Terrible, Part 1 (1942). Class readings will include Eisenstein’s own writings, contemporary reviews of his films, and essays by film historians and scholars. This is one of three five-week courses on cinema auteurs who were particularly influential in developing the art of editing and complement each other when taken sequentially.
Course Open to: Degree Students