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Google Doodle focuses on montage pioneer Sergei Eisenstein

Google Doodle focuses on montage pioneer Sergei Eisenstein

Born on January 22, 1898, Eisenstein was a Soviet artist and avantgarde director of several groundbreaking films, including Battleship Potemkin, Strike, and The General Line.

Today's Google Doodle pays tribute to Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein, who's renowned for the "Odessa Steps" sequence in his 1925 film "Battleship Potemkin".

During this time, he developed an interest in theatre and started working as a designer in Moscow.

Montage is a technique in editing in which a series of short shots are edited into a sequence to condense space, time, and information.

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Although his work was appreciated in the outside world, still Eisenstein's structural issues in his films such as camera angles, crowd movements, and montage brought him under fire from the Soviet film community, forcing him to issue public articles of self-criticism. Along with his work on defining motion picture, director Sergei Eisenstein contributed to "realistic" filmmaking depicting the struggle of downtrodden workers against the ruling class.

Eisenstein believed the montage was "the nerve of cinema", finding that a collage of shots could be used to manipulate the emotions of the audience and produce film metaphors. (1930, released in 1979), Alexander Nevsky (1938) and Ivan The Terrible (1944 and 1958) demonstrate Eisenstein's contributions to the art of editing through his theories on montage, and his ability to transcend propaganda to create enduring art.

He died of a heart attack in 1948, shortly after he turned 50.