6.7/10
35
3 user

The Secret Life of Sergei Eisenstein (1987)

A biographical film, in English throughout, telling the story of film director Sergei Eisenstein (1898-1948) from his childhood in Riga, Latvia to receiving the 'Stalin Prize' in Moscow. ... See full summary »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In documentary style, events in Petrograd are re-enacted from the end of the monarchy in February of 1917 to the end of the provisional government and the decrees of peace and of land in ... See full summary »

Directors: Grigori Aleksandrov, Sergei M. Eisenstein
Stars: Boris Livanov, Nikolay Popov, Vasili Nikandrov
Strike (1925)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A group of oppressed factory workers go on strike in pre-revolutionary Russia.

Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein
Stars: Grigori Aleksandrov, Maksim Shtraukh, Mikhail Gomorov
Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

As Ivan the Terrible attempts to consolidate his power by establishing a personal army, his political rivals, the Russian boyars, plot to assassinate their Tsar.

Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein
Stars: Nikolai Cherkasov, Serafima Birman, Pavel Kadochnikov
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A dramatized account of a great Russian naval mutiny and a resulting street demonstration which brought on a police massacre.

Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein
Stars: Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barsky, Grigori Aleksandrov
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The story of how a great Russian prince led a ragtag army to battle an invading force of Teutonic Knights.

Directors: Sergei M. Eisenstein, Dmitriy Vasilev
Stars: Nikolai Cherkasov, Nikolai Okhlopkov, Andrei Abrikosov
Biography | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Rejected by Hollywood and facing pressure to return to Stalinist Russia, filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein travels to Mexico to shoot a new film. Chaperoned by his guide Palomino, he experiences the ties between Eros and Thanatos, happy to create their effects in cinema, troubled to suffer them in life.

Director: Peter Greenaway
Stars: Elmer Bäck, Luis Alberti, Maya Zapata
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The wife of an abusive criminal finds solace in the arms of a kind regular guest in her husbands restaurant.

Director: Peter Greenaway
Stars: Richard Bohringer, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Ruminations on the life of Bob Dylan, where six characters embody a different aspect of the musician's life and work.

Director: Todd Haynes
Stars: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Heath Ledger
Amores Perros (2000)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life's harsh realities, all in the name of love.

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Stars: Emilio Echevarría, Gael García Bernal, Goya Toledo
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

As was common in Diaz's Mexico, a young hacienda worker finds his betrothed imprisoned and his life threatened by his master for confronting a hacienda guest for raping the girl.

Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein
Stars: Martín Hernández, Isabel Villaseñor, Félix Balderas
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Juan Antonio Gálvez ...
Narrator
Paul Vaughan ...
Narrator (english version)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Herself - Sings Song Mon pays c'est Paris (archive footage)
...
Himself - Waves at Fans (archive footage)
...
Himself - in England, in Holland, Anti-Anti-Semitism Speech in English (archive footage)
...
Himself - Salutes Parade (archive footage)
Mikhail Kalinin ...
Himself - Handshake with Eisenstein (archive footage)
Solomon Mikhoels ...
Himself - Signs Declaration with Other Celebrities (archive footage)
Sergei Prokofiev ...
Himself - at Piano with Eisenstein (archive footage)
Eduard Tisse ...
Himself - with Eisenstein (archive footage)
August von Mackensen ...
Himself - Salutes Parade Beside Hitler (archive footage)
Edit

Storyline

A biographical film, in English throughout, telling the story of film director Sergei Eisenstein (1898-1948) from his childhood in Riga, Latvia to receiving the 'Stalin Prize' in Moscow. Based on his own writings, the film uses actual film clips of Eisenstein at various points of his life as well as photographs, illustrations and archival film of a variety of locations around the world. Eisenstein's talent as a satirical cartoonist and later an artist is particularly highlighted with many photographs of his work. Films discussed include "Strike", "Battleship Potemkin", "Oktober", "The old and the new", "Alexander Nevsky" and "Ivan the terrible". There is a detailed account of Eisenstein's world tour during which time he met and worked with other leading film-makers, writers and personalities including Einstein, James Joyce, D. W. Griffith and Walt Disney. Includes anecdote on his visit to High Table at Trinity College, Cambridge and its inspiration for a scene in 'Ivan the terrible'. Written by Michele Wilkinson, University of Cambridge Language Centre, <mw125@cus.cam.ac.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

character name in title | See All (1) »


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Also Known As:

Eisenstein - La vida es espectaculo  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Features Ivan the Terrible, Part I (1945) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Full of surprises
30 November 1998 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

... For me anyway. I obviously haven't been doing my reading.

I had always assumed Eisenstein was a working-class Russian Jew. And a heterosexual obviously. With Einstein hair.

Now he turns out to be a professional class German from Riga, and a homosexual. Sheesh. But he did know Einstein, as well as every other famous early 20th century name.

Time to reassess that body of work.

Eisenstein directed Wagner's Die Walküre on stage. The video doesn't mention it, but Riga being an old Hanseatic city, Wagner had resided there amongst the Germans at one time.

If there's any deficiency in the documentary, it's an absence of politics. Purges? What purges? We don't need no stinkin' ...


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?