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Having revolutionized film editing through such masterworks of montage as Potemkin and Strike, Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein emigrated west in hopes of testing the capabilities of the American film industry.
Sergei M. Eisenstein
Theoretically a biography of Rusiian director Sergei Eisenstein, an interesting interpretation of his life story with hints of his own style.
I have only seen one review of this movie posted to the IMDb, and it savages the film unfairly, I think. As a film, it is amusing, entertaining, intriguing, and startlingly beautiful at times -- as one find sometimes in Eisenstein's own films, the framing and composition on the oddest moments is striking. It has been said that this is not a faithful retelling of the life of Sergei Eisenstein, and perhaps that is true, but why should that matter? I don't think anyone would call Eisenstein's biography of Ivan the Terrible scrupulously accurate, but those who seem most eager for a "true" biography of Eisenstein would not hesitate to agree that it is a good film. I urge people considering watching "Eisenstein" to take it for what it is: an intriguing, sometimes beautiful, sometimes surreal, and often extremely human and affecting story.
I think it's a good film, anyway.
Besides, it has one of the cutest hats *ever*.
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