Sergei M. Eisenstein

Notes for a General History of Cinema

Edited by Naum Kleiman and Antonio Somaini

Edited by Naum Kleiman and Antonio Somaini

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

296 pages | 1 color plate, 89 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Cloth $49.95 ISBN: 9789089642837 Will Publish April 2015 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
One of the iconic directors of twentieth-century cinema, Sergei Eisenstein is best known for films such as The Battleship Potemkin, Alexander Nevskii, and Ivan the Terrible. His work, in turn, has inspired other great moviemakers, including Akira Kurosawa and Francis Ford Coppola.

This is the first English-language edition of Eisenstein’s recently discovered notes for a general history of the cinema, a project he undertook in the years before his death in 1948. He presents a vast genealogy of the various media and art forms that preceded cinema’s birth and accompanied the first decades of its history. Critical essays by eminent Eisenstein scholars follow his texts. Comprehensive and illuminating, this volume offers unique access to the writings of a pioneering figure in cinema.
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