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Eisenstein: The Sound Years

Spine #86

Apr 24, 2001

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.33:1 Standard
  • Russian Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles

Eisenstein: The Sound Years

Directed By: Sergei Eisenstein
Starring: Nikolai Cherkasov, Nikolai Okhlopkov, Alexander Abrikosov, Dmitri Orlov, Vasily Novikov, Nikolai Arsky, Varvara Massalitinova, Vera Ivasheva, Anna Danilova, Vladimir Ershov, Sergei Blinnikov, Lyudmila Tselikovskaya, Serafima Birman, Pavel Kadochnikov, Mikhail Zharov, Amvrosi Buchma, Mikhail A. Kuznetsov, Mikhail Nazvanov, Andrei Abrikosov, Alexander Mgebrov, Maxim Mikhailov, Vsevolod Pudovkin, Vladimir Balashov, Pavel Massalsky, Erik Pyryev, Ada Voitsik

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Sergei Eisenstein, long regarded as a pioneer of film art, changed cinematic strategies halfway through his career. Upon returning from Hollywood and Mexico in the late 1930s, he left behind the densely edited style of celebrated silents like Battleship Potemkin and October, turning instead to historical sources, contradictory audiovisuals, and theatrical sets for his grandiose yet subversive sound-era work. This trio of rousing action epics reveals a deeply unsettling portrait of the Soviet Union under Stalin, and provided battle-scene blueprints for filmmaking giants from Laurence Olivier in Henry V to Akira Kurosawa in Seven Samurai.

Box Set: The following DVDs are included in this set:

Alexander Nevsky
Spine #87
Ivan the Terrible, Parts I & II
Spine #88

  • Audio essay on Alexander Nevsky by film scholar David Bordwell
  • Multimedia essays on Eisenstein's collaboration with composer Sergei Prokofiev, the history of Ivan the Terrible, and Eisenstein's visual vocabulary
  • A reconstruction of Eisenstein's unfinished film Bezhin Meadow, plus rare photos and documents from the set
  • Deleted scenes from Ivan the Terrible
  • Drawings and production stills
  • Restoration demonstration


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