Google Doodle Celebrates Sergei Eisenstein’s 120th Birthday, Pioneer in the Technique of Montage
Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein was a Soviet Film director and film theorist who was a pioneer in the technique of montage. He was born on January 22, 1898, in Latvia. Today’s Google Doodle celebrates Sergei Eisenstein’s 120th birthday. Sergei Eisenstein is well-known for his silent films Strike (1925), Battleship Potemkin (1925) and October (1928). He is also equally popular for his historical epics Alexander Nevsky (1938) and Ivan the Terrible (1944, 1958). Today on his 120th birthday Google has honoured his accomplishments through a doodle. Sergei Eisenstein was born in a middle-class family in Riga, Latvia (then part of the Russian Empire).
Sergei Eisenstein studied architecture and engineering at the Petrograd Institute of Civil Engineering. In 1918 he left the school to join the Red Army to serve the Bolshevik Revolution. He was exposed to Kabuki theatre and studied Japanese learning around 300 kanji characters which he later cited as an influence on his pictorial development. Sergei Eisenstein started his career in theatre in 1920 working for Proletkult. In 1923 he started his career as a theorist by writing The Montage of Attractions for LEF. His first film was made for theatre production Wiseman and was called Glumov’s Diary. Sergei Eisenstein’s first full-length movie was Strike which released in 1925. Har Gobind Khorana: Google Doodle Honours Nobel Prize Winner on his 96th Birthday
Sergei Eisenstein achieved much acclaim for his montage, camera angles and crowd movements from the outside world but at home, it came under fire from the Soviet film community, which forced him to issue public articles of self-criticism and conform to the doctrines of socialist realism. Sergei Eisenstein was a pioneer in the use of montage which is a specific use of film editing. His books Film Form and The Film Sense explain the significance of montage in detail as he believed that is the essence of the cinema.