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Savage Junctures: Sergei Eisenstein and the Shape of Thinking

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Overview

KINO The Russian Cinema Series:
This series of books examines Russian and Soviet film in their historical and aesthetic context, both as a major cultural force in Russian history and Soviet politics and as a crucible for experimentation that is central to the development of world cinema culture. Drawing authors from both East and West, the books in this series combine the best of scholarship with a style of writing that is accessible to a broad readership, whether that readership's primary interest lies in cinema or in Russian and Soviet political history.

Savage Junctures provides fresh insights into Eisenstein's films and writings. It examines the multiple contexts within which his films evolved and Eisenstein's appropriation of all of world culture as his source. Like Eisenstein himself, Anne Nesbet is particularly interested in the possibilities of visual image making and each chapter addresses the problem of his image-based thinking from a different perspective. Each chapter also offers a fundamentally new interpretation of the films and writings that make up his oeuvre. This is a major new contribution to studies in Soviet cinema and culture and to the field of film studies, now available in paperback for the first time.

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"Nesbit has done an admirable, thorough job of research."--Slavic and East European Journal, Winter 2005

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845114183
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/21/2007
  • Series: KINO - The Russian Cinema Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.04 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Nesbet is Assistant Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and in the Program in Film at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Table of Contents

General Editor's Preface - Preface & Acknowledgments - Note on Transliteration - Introduction - Beyond Recognition: Strike and the Eye of the Abattoir - Fourth-Dimensional Medusa: Battleship Potemkin and the Construction of the Soviet Cinema Audience - Picture-Thinking: October and the Debris of Philosophy - Excavating The General Line: The Pleasures and Perils of Accumulation - Savage Thinking: The Sublime Surfaces of Eisenstein's Mexico - The Skeleton Dance: Animation, Terror and the Musical Comedy - Beyond Pleasure: Ivan and the 'Juncture of Beginning and End' - Conclusion: The Shape of Thinking - Notes - Bibliography - Index

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