Google honours Sergei Eisenstein on his 120th birth anniversary
Google honoured veteran Soviet film director and the father of montage in filmmaking Sergei Eisenstein with a doodle to mark his 120th birth anniversary.
The doodle shows a series of film rolls in movement depicting iconic imagery in some of Eisenstein's films.
When you take a closer look at the doodle, it shows sequencing of a number of images in a continuous loop that creates the effect of a montage. The doodle also shows Sergei Eisenstein, holding a film roll and scissors depicting a cut or an edit.
The Russian was considered to be a genius and had changed the way films were made as early as in the 1920s.
Film montage is an editing technique that pieces together a series of frames to form a continuous sequence that is used at several defining moments in films — you can easily recall some of it in The Godfather, The Karate Kid, that was refined in the early 20th century by the Soviet director.
Eisenstein's films are politically loaded and they galvanised cinema of the former Soviet Union and beyond with their bold narrative approach, stylistic flourishes, dramatic use of cinematography, editing and music, and marriage between ideology and the craft of filmmaking.
Strike in 1925, Battleship Potemkin (1925), October (1928), Que viva México! (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 was only 50 when he died following a heart attack on February 11, 1948.