Price: $310.00

    Code: 1006

    Directed by Igor Gonopolsky
    1998, 72 minutes.
    Russian dialog with English subtitles
    Purchase: $310.00 Classroom Rental: $125

    This video chronicles a crucial period in the life of the great Soviet filmmaker, Sergei Eisenstein (1898-1948), when he left Moscow during WWII for the Kazakhstan capital to film Ivan the Terrible (1943). Suffering under a heavy work schedule, fighting artistic interference from the Ministry of Cinema, constantly fearful of arrest by Stalin's secret police, crushed by feelings of loneliness and forebodings of death, Eisenstein suffered his first heart attack. The video visits sites where he lived and worked, features intimate excerpts from Eisenstein's diary, rare production footage, the director's sketches and screen tests, and interviews with friends, coworkers, and Soviet journalists and film critics, including Naum Kleiman, curator of the Eisenstein Museum.

    "Essential for film history collections." - Library Journal

    "The real strength of the film is that it brings to life—far more effectively than the written word—the complexities of life amongst filmmakers in Alma-Ata: the stresses, strains, pleasures of their relationships with one another; the hardships and the unexpected joys encountered in adversity… For anyone interested in Eisenstein, this is a film well worth seeing." - Kinokultura

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