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Immoral memories : an autobiography

Author: Sergei Eisenstein; Herbert Marshall
Publisher: London ; Chicago : Peter Owen, 2014. ©1983
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : Paperback editionView all editions and formats
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"Sergei Eisenstein (1898-1948), creator of such masterpieces as Battleship Potemkin, Alexander Nevsky and Ivan the Terrible, was perhaps the greatest of all film directors. He wrote his autobiography in 1946, two years before his death, and it is a work of major importance in the light it sheds on his personality and mercurial genius. Vivid, eccentric and free-ranging, Immoral Memories is written in a style  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Sergei Eisenstein; Sergei Eisenstein
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sergei Eisenstein; Herbert Marshall
ISBN: 9780720615579 0720615577
OCLC Number: 855703748
Notes: Originally published: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1983; Later published: London : Peter Owen, 1985.
Translated from Russian.
Description: xxv, 292 pages, 48 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Responsibility: by Sergei M. Eisenstein ; translated by Herbert Marshall.

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"Sergei Eisenstein (1898-1948), creator of such masterpieces as Battleship Potemkin, Alexander Nevsky and Ivan the Terrible, was perhaps the greatest of all film directors. He wrote his autobiography in 1946, two years before his death, and it is a work of major importance in the light it sheds on his personality and mercurial genius. Vivid, eccentric and free-ranging, Immoral Memories is written in a style reminiscent of the brilliant visual effects of montage and dynamic progression that characterize its author's film-making technique. He recounts his life in Russia from the time of the Revolution, during which he served in the Bolshevik army as a volunteer, his travels in the West and his encounters with a remarkable medley of individuals during his long career. He gives us unique insights, too, into his triumphs and tribulations. His disappointments and despair were exemplified by the banning of the film Ivan the Terrible, Part II, which was not released until fifteen years after his death. And he never expected his autobiography to be published in Russia. Yet in answer to his query "Has there been life" he replied that there had been "life lived acutely, joyously, tormentedly, at times even sparkling, unquestionably colourful, and such a life that, I suppose, I would not exchange for another""--Publisher's description.

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"As an account of the cinema itself, "Immoral Memories" is invaluable." --"Sunday Times" "Few movie memoirs have ever ranged so widely or so richly." --"Financial Times"

 
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