Sergei Eisenstein’s films Battleship Potemkin and Ivan the Terrible, which are covered in the first two sections of Studies on Eisenstein and Pushkin, are classics of world cinema.
They are the subject of numerous books and articles in various languages. There is an entire library of research and commentary on Alexander Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin, the work which Kleiman analyzes in the third chapter. While studying past and present researchers, he has tried to work directly with the texts of these classic works, including drafts as well as the final versions, and with the documents and evidence surrounding them.
The book presentation will take the form of a discussion. Alongside Naum Kleiman will be film historian and translator Natalya Ryabchikova and literary historian Ekaterina Lyamina. Together they will discuss the importance of Eisenstein’s discoveries and reflections in our time (the era of digital cinema and streaming, the global and the local, the age of post-colonialism); how to take a contemporary look at classic and canonical works and names, and the reconsideration of canons; the trajectory of Eisenstein’s practice and theory from Battleship Potemkin to Ivan the Terrible; and the publication of archives and what they can tell us.
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