Sunday February 17, 2019
Home World Who is Eisens...

Who is Eisenstein? Google remembers him!

A Google doodle honouring Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein

0
//
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.

ALSO READ: On India’s 71st Independence Day Google celebrated it with an Artistic Doodle

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

ALSO READ: Google’s doodle honours R.D. Burman on 77th birth anniversary

“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)

Next Story

Google Displays Colourful Doodle to Mark 70th R-Day

Observances last for four days, coming to a conclusion on January 29 with the Beating Retreat ceremony, featuring the bands of the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force

0
Google on Saturday dedicated a colourful doodle marking the 70th Republic Day of India.
It recreated the celebrations depicting the iconic Republic Day Parade, representing various components of the country’s rich heritage, culture and history: environment, architecture, textiles, wildlife, monuments, and farming.
Designed by guest artist Reshidev RK, the doodle shows the sprawling Rashtrapati Bhawan in the backdrop of what appears to be a tableaux from various parts of the country.
There is the Qutab Minar, a peacock, the national bird, plentiful fields, farms and crop motifs depicting the nation’s overall agricultural base.
Republic Day in India, Wikimedia
An elephant-like structure rides the peacock tableaux. The doodle aptly depicts the famous parade floats that decorate the cities on the day throughout the nation — each representing a different component of India’s history: environment, architecture, textiles, wildlife, monuments, and farming.
January 26 marks the Purna Swaraj Day when the Constitution of India came into force in 1950, though it was adopted in 1949, the Google blog accompanying the doodle said.
On January 26, 1930, the Indian National Congress issued a bold resolution declaring complete freedom from the British Raj. From that point, it was only a matter of time before Independence Day, followed by full sovereignty.
Republic day
Glimpse of Republic Day’s parade.
Celebrations take place all across the nation, with the epicenter in the capital city of Delhi, where a parade runs along Rajpath near the President’s residence.
The tradition dates back to the morning of January 26, 1950, when thousands gathered to watch a simple yet grand ceremony at the Durbar Hall where the first President Dr Rajendra Prasad was sworn in.
Observances last for four days, coming to a conclusion on January 29 with the Beating Retreat ceremony, featuring the bands of the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force. (IANS)