Sergei M. Eisenstein

Born: 22 January 1898, Riga, Latvia
Died: 11 February 1948, Moscow

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Celebrated as a pioneer of film art from the 1920s, Sergei Eisenstein was a Soviet director and film theorist. His films were revolutionary in their style and content, combining images of immense graphic force with editing of unprecedented inventiveness.

“The greatest and most many-sided intellect to have devoted himself to the cinema in the half-century of its history to date, is unquestionably the Russian director, S.M. Eisenstein.”
Ernest Lindgren, introduction to the published screenplay of Que Viva Mexico!, 1951

Highlighted works

  • Battleship Potemkin

    Battleship Potemkin

    A fixture in the critical canon almost since its premiere, Sergei Eisenstein’s film about a 1905 naval mutiny was revolutionary in both form and content.

  • Ivan the Terrible

    Ivan the Terrible

    The first part of Sergei Eisenstein’s truncated masterpiece about the 16th-century Russian Tsar sees young Ivan attempting to unite Russia under a single ruler.


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