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Eisenstein's Ivan: Sensory Thinking from Machiavelli to Disney

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In Ivan the Terrible, Eisenstein tried to use everything he’d been thinking about and living through for the previous twenty years to compose his portrait of the tsar. This paper draws on his writing about Disney to show how some of his most fanciful ideas about things like fish turning into tigers were inscribed in his most serious considerations of human change, violence, power and film making itself.

About the Author: Joan Neuberger is Professor of History at The University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of an eclectic range of publications, including Hooliganism: Crime and Culture in St Petersburg, 1900-1914 (University of California: 1993), Ivan the Terrible: The Film Companion (Palgrave/MacMillan: 2003); and as co-editor, Imitations of Life: Melodrama in Russia (Duke: 2001) and Picturing Russia: Explorations in Visual Culture (Yale: 2008). She has published numerous articles on Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible, and promises to soon finish This Thing of Darkness: Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible in Stalin’s Russia.

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