“Will reward the attention of anyone interested in either film or Soviet history” (Publishers Weekly).
Based on new material released from archives after the fall of the Soviet Union, as well as on Eisenstein’s personal letters, diaries, and sketches, Sergei Eisenstein: A Life in Conflict tells the dramatic story of one of world cinema’s towering geniuses and principal theorists.
Ronald Bergan details Eisenstein’s life, from his precocious childhood to his explosion onto the avant-garde scene in revolutionary Russia, through his groundbreaking film career, his relationships with authors and artists such as James Joyce and Walt Disney, and his untimely death at age fifty. Eisenstein’s landmark films, including Battleship Potemkin and Ivan the Terrible, are still watched, admired, and taught throughout the world.
Shining a new light on Eisenstein’s early life, his work, his homosexuality, and his keen interest in the West, this book is “a comprehensive and thoughtful biography” of an influential director who saw film as the synthesis of all the arts and whose work displayed a passionate and profound grasp of art, science, philosophy, and religion (The New York Times).
“Lively and engaging.” —Sunday Telegraph
“A reminder of both how great a director Eisenstein was and how much greater his achievement might have been.” —Economist