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Google doodle: Who is Sergei Eisenstein?

By Chennabasaveshwar

Google dedicated a doodle on Monday on the 120th birth anniversary of Sergei Eisenstein, a Soviet artist and avantgarde director of several groundbreaking films.

Sergei Eisenstein was born on born on January 22nd in 1898. Sergei was a avantgarde director of several groundbreaking films, including Battleship Potemkin, Strike, and The General Line.

Google doodle: Who is Sergei Eisenstein?

His biggest to contribution to the film making industry is the film technique of editing a fast-paced sequence of short shots to transcend time or suggest thematic juxtaposition. Hence, he is called as the father of montage. Eisenstein deployed arresting images in sequences of psychological precision. His films were also revolutionary in another sense, as he often depicted the struggle of downtrodden workers against the ruling class.

His writings and films have continued to have a major impact on subsequent filmmakers. Eisenstein believed that editing could be used for more than just expounding a scene or moment, through a "linkage" of related images. Eisenstein felt the "collision" of shots could be used to manipulate the emotions of the audience and create film metaphors. He believed that an idea should be derived from the juxtaposition of two independent shots, bringing an element of collage into film. He developed what he called "methods of montage":

  1. Metric
  2. Rhythmic
  3. Tonal
  4. Overtonal
  5. Intellectual

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