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16 February 2008

Eisenstein: A Visual Vocabulary

Using numerous examples from the film Ivan the Terrible as well as writings and sketches by Eisenstein, a good overview is given of the complex and sometimes purposefully contradictory ways in which Eisenstein used imagery, including his methods of having scenes mirror each other, his use of recurrent motifs, and his employment of the tropes of psychoanalysis. This is a fascinating essay that makes you look at these films in a whole new light.

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