Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1987. Trade Paperback. Near Fine. Item #2320417
Light general wear, faint ink stamp on half-title page.
x, 243 pp. This is one of the most important studies of Eisenstein to have appeared in any language. Acclaimed as the "greatest filmmaker of all time," Eisenstein is a figure of mythic dimension. The recent discovery and publication (in Russian) of thousands of pages of his theoretical writings--still unavailable in English--have led to the realization that he was also one of the most prolific and one of the most consistent theoreticians of cinema. Jacques Aumont, a leading French film scholar and film theoretician, here presents an original and nuanced analysis of the man Eisenstein and his theoretical formulations. Aumont interrogates the writings and films for an understanding of the aesthetic, social, and psychological assumptions underlying the concept and practice of montage. Aumont's systematic reading of Eisenstein's oeuvre, the detailed confrontation of his theories and his films, shows that Eisenstein's theoretical system remains one of the few consistent aesthetics of film.