Sergei Eisenstein (1898-1948) was probably the most famous filmmaker in the world from 1925-45, between his revolutionary BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN and his eagerly awaited, yet censored, final masterpiece IVAN THE TERRIBLE – apart from his close friend and admirer Charlie Chaplin. But after the 60s, he began to lose favour among the new film theorists, who preferred Dziga Vertov. However, in recent years the publication of his copious writings, exhibitions of his often scandalous drawings, and ‘live’ performances of his early films have dramatically revived Eisenstein’s reputation. Knowing what we do now, we’re ready to appreciate him as a true visionary, inspired by the Russian revolution of 1917, but never constrained by it.

The day will start with an overview of Eisenstein’s early life and work, from his childhood to the end of the 1920s: with a mixture of slideshow and excerpts from the silent films. Then for the afternoon, we will look first at Eisenstein’s dealing with sound, then discuss and excerpt from ALEXANDER NEVSKY (1938). And for the final session, we will focus on IVAN THE TERRIBLE, examining all aspects of what makes this a great film- script/acting, space, montage, colour etc.

Tickets: £60 (including buffet lunch and afternoon tea). Overnight accommodation with dinner is also available; please enquire.


Stonehill House is willing to provide student-members of the Russian Club in Oxford  with free tickets for their upcoming event this Saturday; kindly email in order to make an enquiry.