• Immoral Memories: An Autobiography

Vivid, eccentric and free-ranging, Immoral Memories is written in a style reminiscent of the brilliant visual effects of montage and dynamic progression that characterized the legendary Soviet director's films.

Eisenstein wittily portrays his life in Russia from the time of the Revolution, his travels in the West, and his encounters with an amazing medley of people on both sides of the Iron Curtain, including Charlie Chaplin, Marlene Dietrich, and Man Ray. With 48 pages of illustrations from the author's own collection, including photos and personal sketches, this is the fullest picture possible of a man and his films, from one of the most iconic eras of the art form.

Ttranslated from the Russian by Herbert Marshall
'As an account of the cinema itself, Immoral Memories is invaluable.' – Sunday Times
'Few movie memoirs have ever ranged so widely or so richly.' – Financial Times


SERGEI EISENSTEIN (1898–1948) was a Soviet filmmaker, writer and director. He was born in Latvia and began studies at the Petrograd Institute of Civil Engineering. He left school to offer his services to the Bolshevik revolution. In this capacity he made the extraordinary films The Battleship Potemkin and October, which showed off his pioneering use of montage. Though he would go on to make two of his most masterful works, Alexander Nevsky and Ivan the Terrible, his later career was severely hampered by censorship and the grip of Stalinism. He died in 1948.
Bibliographic Data
Date Published 1st May 2014
ISBN Number 9780720615579
Pages 300

Immoral Memories: An Autobiography

  • £14.99


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