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The Film Sense

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The theory of "montage" or editing, developed by early Soviet filmmakers, reached its deepest expression in the writings of Sergeii Eisenstein, undeniably the most profound theorist of film art. This book contains the clearest and most accessible introduction to his ideas about the cinema. Eisenstein, who directed "The Battleship Potemkin" and "Alexander Nevsky," was a mas ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 23rd 1986 by Faber & Faber (first published 1942)
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إيزنشتين بجانب كونه مخرج عظيم هو أفضل العاملين بالسينما الذين كتبوا عنها ونظروا لها. على سبيل المثال كتاباته حول الصوت والألوان في السينما من أهم وأعمق ما قرأت من نقد سينمائي. ما يجعل قراءة إيزنشتين ممتعة هو بالأساس رؤيته الشاملة للفن، فعنده لا توجد حدود فاصلة بين السينما والموسيقى والتصوير بل وحتى الأدب.
الجزء الخاص بالتماس بين السينما والأدب رائع، أحيانا يبدو العرض غير مقنع ولكن جاذبية الفكرة والتنفيذ - في أفلامه - ممتعين. الجزء الخاص بالموسيقى لا يقل أهمية وإمتاعا، ولكن مع عدم وجود ثقافة موسيق
Arijit Saha
This book is totally outdated, though it's talk about the basics of storytelling, it dies so in a very old and unnecessarily difficult manner.
Oct 23, 2007 Tosh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who write
When I was writing poetry (must get back to that!) I was very much inspired by Sergei Eisenstein's "The Film Sense." His thoughts on montage clearly made sense to me as a writer. The fact that you can add something and another thing which equals something else was incredibly inspiring. Although this book is geared towards the making of films, I think a writer can pick up on it and use this text as something practical for their work (writings).
Nov 21, 2008 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, academic
So I know Eisenstein is a vital component of film theory, but man, he is a little hard to read. You really only need one parenthetical phrase per sentence, if that. I don't know how much of it is his writing and how much of it is the translation, but it's a bit of a slog. Topics covered include film as a language, the role of film to tell stories, and the ever important component of montage in film and in all the arts.
Dec 23, 2011 Dog-walker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Film Sense is a book that will be an awesome read for any kind of artist (writer, musician, actor, painter, etc.) for it approaches the art of filmmaking and montage from each and every of the other arts using information/theories from other artists and some very interesting pieces of historical information.
Jun 12, 2012 Luisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: film editors, film makers
Recommended to Luisa by: film makers
Basically is about editing, but it really helps you to understand why is it so important to be careful even before production just so that editing will be easier. Great book, though I expected more from Eisenstein...
André Villela
Sep 10, 2012 André Villela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Todos os aspectos do filme, desde a relação entre palavra e imagem, a sincronização dos sentidos, as cores e seus significados e a correspondência entre forma e conteúdo. Uma aula do mestre Eisenstein.
Andrew Northrop
The analogy of film to musical composition is interesting, but rarely goes as deep as other theorists have. No doubt interesting at the time, more from a filmmaker's perspective than those studying film.
Sinan Öner
I read Eisenstein's Book; very interesting notes on "Cinema".
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