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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
  • 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 Doodle Celebrates Earth Day with Series of Animations on Six Unique Inhabitants on Earth

The theme of this year's Earth Day was 'Protect Our Species' and intended to draw attention to the rapid global destruction and reduction of the world's plant and wildlife populations

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The theme of this year's Earth Day was 'Protect Our Species' and intended to draw attention to the rapid global destruction and reduction of the world's plant and wildlife populations. Wikimedia

From Wandering Albatross to Coastal Redwood, Google on Monday celebrated Earth Day with a series of animations on six unique inhabitants on the Earth.

While Wandering Albatross has the widest wingspan in the world, Coastal Redwood is the tallest tree in the world at 377 feet.

Paedophryne Amauensis is a species of frog from Papua New Guinea. At 7.7 mm in length, it is considered the world’s smallest known vertebrate.

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FILE – An environmental militant shows an orange, painted as a globe, during an event to mark the Earth Overshoot Day on Aug. 1, 2018 in Berlin. It marks the date when we (all of humanity) have used more from nature than our planet can renew in the entire year. VOA

Another animation is on Amazon Water Lily which is the largest aquatic plant.

Then there is Coelacanth — a fish that was long considered a “living fossil”. It evolved into roughly its current form approximately 400 million years ago.

Several recent studies have shown that Coelacanth body shapes are much more diverse than previously thought.

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Google Doodle marks 6 unique inhabitants on Earth Day. VOA

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The last animation is on “Deep Cave Springtail”, insects that live in total darkness in caves where they feed on fungi and decomposing organic matter.

The theme of this year’s Earth Day was ‘Protect Our Species’ and intended to draw attention to the rapid global destruction and reduction of the world’s plant and wildlife populations. (IANS)