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A Google doodle honouring Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein

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The doodle also shows Sergei Eisenstein, holding a film roll and a scissors depicting a cut or an edit. Wikimedia Commons
The doodle also shows Sergei Eisenstein, holding a film roll and a scissors depicting a cut or an edit. Wikimedia Commons
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  • Google doodle honouring Soviet film director Sergei Eisenstein
  • He is also the father of montage in filmmaking
  • He was 50, when he died following a heart attack on February 11, 1948

Google on Monday honoured Soviet film director and father of montage in filmmaking Sergei Eisenstein on his 120th birth anniversary with a doodle.

The doodle shows a series of film rolls in movement depicting iconic imagery in some of Eisenstein’s films. It is a reminder of his enduring contributions to cinema.

A closer look into the doodle shows sequencing of a number of images in a continuous loop creating the effect of a montage.

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The Russian genius changed the way films were made as early as in the 1920s. Wikimedia Commons
The Russian genius changed the way films were made as early as in the 1920s. Wikimedia Commons

The avant-garde filmmaker was born on this day in 1898. He left behind a rich legacy that is complex and in many ways, immeasurable.

Film montage is an editing technique that pieces together a series of frames to form a continuous sequence that is used at several defining moments in films — you can easily recall some of it in “The Godfather”, “The Karate Kid”, that was refined in the early 20th century by the Soviet director.

Born in Latvia, young Eisenstein started off in the footsteps of his father and took up architecture and engineering, he later joined the Red Army to serve the Bolshevik Revolution.

During this time, he developed an interest in theatre and started working as a designer in Moscow.

Eisenstein’s films are politically loaded and they galvanised cinema of the former Soviet Union and beyond with their bold narrative approach, stylistic flourishes, dramatic use of cinematography, editing and music, and marriage between ideology and the craft of filmmaking.

Describing his cinematic vision, Google said, "His films were also revolutionary in another sense, as he often depicted the struggle of downtrodden workers against the ruling class." Wikimedia Commons
Describing his cinematic vision, Google said, “His films were also revolutionary in another sense, as he often depicted the struggle of downtrodden workers against the ruling class.” Wikimedia Commons

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“Strike” in 1925, “Battleship Potemkin” (1925), “October” (1928), “Que viva México!” (1930, released in 1979), “Alexander Nevsky” (1938) and “Ivan The Terrible” (1944 and 1958)demonstrate Eisenstein’s genius, his contributions to the art of editing through his theories on montage, and his ability to transcend propaganda to create enduring art.

He was only 50, when he died following a heart attack on February 11, 1948. (IANS)

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Google Doodles With Valentine’s Twist

A total of 2,925 athletes from 92 nations are taking part in PyeongChang 2018, which will also award a record number of 102 gold medals

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The Doodle's reach was almost to all corners of the world except in some South American and North African nations. Wikimedia Commons

Google’s Snow Games Doodle on Day six came up with Valentine’s Day twist on Wednesday.

The search engine welcomed all those who were celebrating the day which is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love in many regions around the world.

“On this brrr-eezy day in PyeongChang, we’re joined by athletes from all over the world hoping to prove themselves best in class (or species),” Google said in its post as the Winter Games continued in the South Korean city.

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Following Magpie, the turtle on the ice, the Doodle gave a glimpse of the day’s “heartwarming action” of the day’s couples figure skating competitors, the Grebes, who showed us “just how powerful love can be”.

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The two lovebirds have been skating together since they were chicks, but today they truly spread their wings, it said. Wikimedia Commons

“The Grebes must be flying high in the moment. They appear to be winging it, as one Grebe ducks under the other. The crowd’s got goosebumps – they’ve never seen anything so beautiful!”

“They all watch over the Grebes like hawks as the couple appears to be going for the never-before-seen wing-to-wing lift–will they make it?…

“Yes folks, it looks like these great Grebes grab glory today! Birds of a feather skate together, and these graceful Grebes have shown that two can be even better than one.”

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The Grebes are the sixth in a series of 17 doodles from the Snow Games series. On February 9, the doodle began with a sledding penguin, a skiing dog, and an ice-skating snake. Then came “Magpie” the turtle.

The PyeongChang Games, which started on Friday is reported to be the largest Winter Games and would continue till February 25.

A total of 2,925 athletes from 92 nations are taking part in PyeongChang 2018, which will also award a record number of 102 gold medals.

It is the first Winter Olympic Games to be hosted by South Korea, which also hosted the Summer Olympics in 1988. (IANS)

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