It’s quite shocking to see on a page dedicated to directors of a movie website no mention of the great Sergei Eisenstien so I shall start one here. The Russian genius has made quite a few great works of cinema. Mainly ‘Battleship Potemkin’, ‘October’ and ‘Strike’. I have yet to see his two ‘Ivan The Terrible’ films but if they are any good as ‘Alexander Nevsky’ then they should be worth buying.Ã‚Â
The battle scenes in ‘Nevsky’ are second to none and Prokofiev’s music is as good as Eric Korngold’s score for ‘The Adventures of Robin Hood’. Whether one is a communist or not it does not matter for Sergei’s films are stirring stuff. One of the greatest moments in cinema has to be the raising of the bridge in ‘October’. It even surpasses the ‘Odessa Steps’ sequence in ‘Battleship Potemkin’.
Sergei, as well as being a filmmaker and theorist was also a cartoonist, albeit he did quite a few obscene ones.
[size=80]Incidentally ‘associative montage’ (thought to have been pioneered by Pudovkin) was not a Russian invention. It was first used in a British film of 1917. [/size]