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° Eisenstein: A great director o Arguably the greatest Russian director o The particular nature of Russian film in this era is particularly distinctive. ° This difference has a great deal to do with the unique economic and political situation of Russia in this period. ° Art was very culturally connected to the creation of a great socialist utopia in this time and place. There was much less of a sense of art as individual expression. ° Film (and art in general) was a form of exalted propaganda, although they wouldn’t have called it that. ° This is not to say that the motives were entirely contemptible. They were emerging from a highly oppressive czar-run society. o Battleship Potemkin (1925) ° Some background: there was a historical story of a mutiny on a Russian
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Unformatted text preview: battleship. The officers had allegedly been being inappropriately cruel to the poor proletariat sailors. The sailors mutinied and brought the ship into the port at the city of Odessa. The people of the city welcomed them, but then the czarist forces came in and massacred them. o Eisenstein had a theory of “typage” – that you could recognize a person’s type, personality, etc by looking at his/her outward appearance. ° This has racist overtones. ° However, he’s setting up a kind of montage of the whole population of the city. ° In some ways this might be a little heavy-handed. However, we shouldn’t underestimate the horrors of the czarist regime....
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course ENG ENG2101 taught by Professor Daveshaaw during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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