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Ivan the Terrible : Film Companion (03 Edition)by Joan Neuberger
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Eisenstein's last, unfinished masterpiece is a strange, complex and haunting film. Commissioned personally by Stalin in 1941, Ivan the Terrible placed Eisenstein in the paradoxical situation of having to glorify Stalinist tyranny in the image of Ivan without sacrificing his own artistic and political integrity--or his life. Drawing on sources that include Eisenstein's personal archive and the memoirs of those involved in the film's making, Joan Neuberger's vivid account reveals how, in almost impossible circumstances, Eisenstein managed to create a film of cinematic innovation, intellectual depth and political critique. She reveals the film to be both a great work of art and a product of the time and place in which it was made.
"Ivan the Terrible", Eisenstein's last film, is a complex work. Commissioned by Stalin himself, the director had to glorify the dictator's tyranny, yet attempted to preserve his own artistic and personal integrity. This study documents how Eisentstein performed the near-impossible in doing so.
About the Author
Joan Neuberger is Professor of History and Director of the Russian, East European and Eurasian Center, University of Texas at Austin.
Table of Contents
Illustrations * Acknowledgements * Introduction * Production History * Analysis * Politics and History * The Great Russian State * Power * Stalin * Autobiography and Psychology * Self Portrait * Family * Aesthetics and Visual Strategies * From Montage to Montage Image * The Setting * Acting * Editing, Camera Work and Shot Composition * Music * Philosophy and "Unity" * Credits * Synopsis * Further Reading * Index
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