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    Filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein's Google Doodle

Published 22 January 2018

Sergei Eisenstein's cinematic vision was viewed as revolutionary, as he often depicted the struggle of downtrodden workers.

Search engine giant Google unveiled a doodle to celebrate the 120th birthday of Soviet film director Sergei Eisenstein – known as the father of cinematic montage.

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The Doodle shows a series of film rolls in motion depicting imagery from Eisenstein's works. The moviemaker was initially drawn to architecture and engineering before changing "reels" to the arts, specifically theatre and designer.

A caricature of the filmmaker can be seen in the Doodle clipping strips from a spool. 

Eisenstein's first full-length feature film, 'Strike,' was released in 1925. Though revered, he was plagued with technical issues involving camera angles, crowd movements and montage, causing him to him to issue public articles of self-criticism. 

His cinematic vision was viewed as revolutionary, as he often exposed the struggle of downtrodden workers. His work on defining motion picture also contributed to 'realistic' filmmaking. The Soviet film director was a pioneer in the theory and practice of the montage, a film editing technique involving combining short pieces of film to condense space, time and information. 

Eisenstein made several groundbreaking silent movies, including “Battleship Potemkin,” “Strike” and ”The General Line” and influenced the styles of generations of filmmakers, including Alfred Hitchcock and Brian De Palma.

Eisenstein died of a heart attack in 1948 at the age of 50.


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