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Title:Google Doodle: the life of Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein | 120th birth anniversary
Published:21 January 2018
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Google Doodle: the life of Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein

Eisenstein is known as the father of montage technique in filmmaking
On Monday, Google celebrated the 120th birth anniversary of Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein with a doodle. Eisenstein is known as the father of montage technique in filmmaking.

Montage is a technique in editing in which a series of short shots are edited into a sequence to condense space, time, and information. Eisenstein’s films had political themes and Google Doodle in its website added that “his films were also revolutionary in another sense, as he often depicted the struggle of downtrodden workers against the ruling class”.

Born in 1898 in Riga, the present-day capital of Latvia, Eisenstein studied architecture and engineering and at 20, joined the Red Army to serve the Bolshevik Revolution. He started taking an interest in theatre and in 1920, he moved to Moscow to begin his career in theatre. He then became a film theorist and in 1925, he released his first full-length feature film, Strike, a silent film depicting protesting workers at a factory in pre-communist Russia. In the same year, he released Battleship Potemkin, with its spectacular ‘Odessa Steps’ sequence of soldiers killing innocent civilians.

In 1928, his film October, based on the 1917 October Revolution, irked the Soviet regime. The film was known for its use of imagery and realistic crowd sequences. Even though it was commissioned by the ruling regime, Eisenstein’s experiments with montage didn’t go down well with them. His other notable movies include Alexander Nevsky and Ivan the Terrible.

He died of a heart attack in 1948, shortly after he turned 50.

Sergei Eisenstein's 120th Birthday: Google Doodle Celebrates The Father Of Montage
Film montage -- an editing technique that pieces together series of frames to form a continuous sequence - is used in popular films like Fight Club, The Karate Kid, The Godfather and Citizen Kane to name a few. The film editing technique that is used at several defining moments in films dates back to 1898. Sergei Eisenstein - known as the father of montage - was a Soviet artist known for films like Battleship Potemkin, Strike and The General Line which are relevance event in today's time. Today's doodle celebrates the man who brought about the art of montage, Sergei Eisenstein's 120th birthday.

COMMENTSThe doodle pays tribute to Sergei Eisenstein that shows a series of film rolls in movement therefore depicting iconic imagery in some of Mr Eisenstein's films. A closer look into the doodle shows sequencing of a number of images in a continuous loop therefore creating the effect of a montage. The doodle also shows a cartoon of a Sergei Eisenstein lookalike, holding a film roll and a scissors depicting a cut or an edit.
Sergei Eisenstein Google Doodle: Closer look at film strips inspired by iconic imagery in some of his films

Sergei Eisenstein was the one to create a new form called 'montage of attractions' - in which images are chosen and then carefully placed sequentially not in chronology, but in a way that would create larger psychological impact thus communicating his idea to the audience. Along with his work on defining motion picture, director Sergei Eisenstein contributed to 'realistic' filmmaking depicting the struggle of downtrodden workers against the ruling class.

His notable work, Battleship Potemkin, made on the Revolution of 1905 is widely known as one of the masterpieces in world cinema even today. The film among several other works of Sergei Eisenstein is often termed as the best understanding of the art of motion pictures