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Movement, Action, Image, Montage

Sergei Eisenstein and the Cinema in Crisis

2018
Author:

Luka Arsenjuk

Movement, Action, Image, Montage

A major new study of Sergei Eisenstein delivers fresh, in-depth analyses of the iconic filmmaker’s body of work

Luka Arsenjuk considers Sergei Eisenstein as a filmmaker and a theorist, drawing on philosophers such as G. W. F. Hegel and Gilles Deleuze—as well as Eisenstein’s untranslated texts—to reframe how we think about the great director and his legacy. A landmark work on an essential filmmaker, Movement, Action, Image, Montage brings new elements of Eisenstein’s output into academic consideration.

What can we still learn from Sergei Eisenstein? Long valorized as the essential filmmaker of the Russian Revolution and celebrated for his indispensable contributions to cinematic technique, Eisenstein’s relevance to contemporary culture is far from exhausted. In Movement, Action, Image, Montage, Luka Arsenjuk considers the auteur as a filmmaker and a theorist, drawing on philosophers such as Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Gilles Deleuze—as well as Eisenstein’s own untranslated texts—to reframe the way we think about the great director and his legacy.

Focusing on Eisenstein’s unique treatment of the foundational concepts of cinema—movement, action, image, and montage—Arsenjuk invests each aspect of the auteur’s art with new significance for the twenty-first century. Eisenstein’s work and thought, he argues, belong as much to the future as the past, and both can offer novel contributions to long-standing cinematic questions and debates.

Movement, Action, Image, Montage brings new elements of Eisenstein’s output into academic consideration, by means ranging from sustained and comprehensive theorization of Eisenstein’s practice as a graphic artist to purposeful engagement with his recently published, unfinished book Method, still unavailable in English translation. This tour de force offers new and significant insights on Eisenstein’s oeuvre—the films, the art, and the theory—and is a landmark work on an essential filmmaker.

Movement, Action, Image, Montage

Luka Arsenjuk is associate professor of film studies and core faculty member in comparative literature at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Movement, Action, Image, Montage

Contents
Introduction: A Dialectic of Division
1. The Figure-in-Crisis: From Intuition to the Dialectic, from Kinematography to Cinematic Movement
2. The Form-Problem: The Grotesque and the Epic in Action
3. The Event of the Image: Between Symbol and Symptom
4. Montage of Forms: Concept and Witz, Organicism and the Comic
Conclusion: Eisenstein, Ourselves
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index