Monday, October 10, 2011

Cream Separator Sequence from "Old & New"

Flicker Alley has uploaded the famous "cream separator" sequence from Sergei Eisenstein's final silent film, Old & New (1929), which is now available on DVD as part of their excellent Landmarks of Early Soviet Film box set.


It's a perfect example of Eisenstein's theories of montage put into practice, using non-diegetic inserts to give added meaning to a seemingly mundane event (often referred to as the Kuleshov Effect, after Lev Kuleshov, who pioneered the technique), turning into a flurry of cinematic ecstasy.  Simply brilliant.

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