30 Non-Fiction Books About Movies to Read Before You Die

Film Form

Author: Sergei Eisenstein
Publication Date: 1969 

You can't talk about cinema without talking about the Soviets, and you can't talk about the Soviets without talking about montage, and you can't talk about montage without Eisenstein, director of Battleship Potemkin, among other seminal works. For Eisenstein, there could be no filmmaking without theory, and in Film Form, he articulates his operating principles.

In popular discourse, montage is the word for a training sequence, but that's a bastardization. In Eisenstein, montage was a theory of editing based heavily in Marx's ideas of the dialectic. Meaning achieved through the juxtaposition of shots, is an easy way to define it for these purposes. Now, go let Eisenstein expand on that. RS

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