Sep 28, 2019 Feb 24, 2020

The Ecstatic Eye

Sergueï Eisenstein, filmmaker at the crossroads of the arts
Eisenstein montant Octobre, 1927


Sep 28, 2019 Feb 24, 2020


Grande Nef


Ada Ackerman, Exhibition curator and Head of Research at the CNRS/THALIM, art historian, Eisenstein specialist
Philippe-Alain Michaud, Exhibition curator and curator at the Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, Head of the Experimental cinema Department

Sergueï Eisenstein, the mythical film director who made the glory of Russian and Soviet cinema is really more than a film director. Cultivating the art of montage and of rhythm to the point of inventing a new visual language in the middle of the 1920’s, Eisenstein always put himself at the crossroads of the arts. A man of the theatre, artist, theorist, collector and insatiable reader, he never ceased to enrich the history of art throughout his career.

Centre Pompidou-Metz is offering a retrospective of his work in relation to the influence of this universal heritage. We will cover the great films which made him famous (The Strike, 1925 ; The Battleship Potemkin, 1925 ; October, 1928 ; The General Line, 1929 ; ¡ Que Viva Mexico ! , 1932 ; Alexander Nevsky, 1938 and Ivan the Terrible, 1944-46), but also his theatrical experiments, his drawings delving into his prolific imagination, or his unfinished projects. The exhibition goes back over the artistic inspirations and visionnary approach of the film director, to the productions with strong ties to the history of Russia but also to his numerous voyages in Europe, to Mexico and to the United States, to his preferred reading and his encounters.