Film Form: Essays in Film Theory

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Twelve essays written between 1928 and 1945 that demonstrate key points in the development of Eisenstein’s film theory and in particular his analysis of the sound-film medium. Edited, translated, and with an Introduction by Jay Leyda; Index; photographs and diagrams.

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  • Series: Harvest Book
  • Paperback: 279 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt; Edition Unstated edition (March 19, 1969)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156309203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156309202
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces

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Perfect! Arrived just when I needed it for a …

 on May 26, 2016
By Joanne Taylor
Perfect! Arrived just when I needed it for a school project.

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2 people found this helpful.
 on October 31, 2014
By John Mervin
This is an excelent book that go’s into sergei’s concept of what a movie is.

Five Stars

One person found this helpful.
 on November 21, 2014
By anne kontni
excellent

Five Stars

 on November 15, 2014
By annonymous
Outstanding book; seminal reference. This is the third copy I have ever owned!

Montage, Marxism and the Hegelian Dialectic

2 people found this helpful.
 on July 8, 2002
By Amazon Customer
As many of the early film theorists, Eisenstein has a tendency to propose as universals the principles of a specific school. The Soviet school of montage, whose heyday was in the late 20s, finds its most brilliant auteur here expounding not only upon its philosophy of cinema, but on ways in which this philosophy is in fitting with Marxism, the Hegelian dialectic and science. As such, it is a brilliant manifesto, a seminal work of greater value than any of those by Kuleshov, Pudovkin, Vertov, Dovzhenko or other montagists.

Film Form: Marxism, Montage and the Hegelian Dialectic

21 people found this helpful.
 on July 9, 2002
By Amazon Customer
As many of the early film theorists, Eisenstein has a tendency to propose as universals the principles of a specific school. The Soviet school of montage, whose heyday was in the late 20s, finds its most brilliant auteur here expounding not only upon its philosophy of cinema, but on ways in which this philosophy is in fitting with Marxism, the Hegelian dialectic and science. As such, it is a brilliant manifesto, a seminal work of greater value than any of those by Kuleshov, Pudovkin, Vertov, Dovzhenko or other montagists.

Theories on Cinema

8 people found this helpful.
 on April 9, 2006
By Kuassivi Mensah
This is not a how to for wannabe movie directors, the essays revolve around the cinematic medium and its creation, and not so much on its content. Not unlike McLuhan, Eisenstein proposes to understand cinema as an extension of our senses ( hence, his following book, Film Sense ), and retraces the evolution from theather to cinema to sound cinema with a focus on Japanese influence ( Kabuki ) and a revolutionary ( for its time ) approach to montage. Cryptic at times, but a goldmine of insights into the nature of the silver screen.

The montage explained

4 people found this helpful.
 on July 24, 1999
By Amazon Customer
While it can be tough to read Film Form it is ultimately a more then worth while book to read. Eisenstein’s theory of montage is a must read. Very inspiring and insightful

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