Eisenstein. Autobiography is Kovalov’s original attempt to translate in images his long-time critical musings on Eisenstein. The point of time is 1929, when Eisenstein embarked on a lengthy journey to the West. The film is structured as a free flow of associations, a montage film in the truest spirit and style of Eisenstein, by mixing rare archive shots of Eisenstein himself; footage from his films and films of his contemporaries. In a psychoanalytic fashion, Kovalov links recurring visual themes from Eisenstein’s films with the director’s own shockingly personal reminiscences: his early torment over the divorce of his parents materialises in scenes of abused and neglected boys; the anger against his pedantic and tyrannical father – in representations of apocalyptic revolutionary violence.


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