Sergej Eisenstein by Margaret Bourke-White

Russian film director Sergej Eisenstein being shaved on the terrace of Bourke-White’s studio in the Chysler Building, NYC, 1932. There is something surrealistic here; at any rate, as a child, I loved Eisenstein’s expressionistic film Ivan the Terrible.  There is a lot of grandeur as well as intrigue in the story about the Tsar who endured the plotting and conspiracies of his boyars. By comparison here we also have the grandeur and majestic view of the Manhattan spires, towering over  the city, while the barber services Einstein but could as well just slit his throat and throw him off the edge!


About kinneret

Hello, and welcome. I'm writing this blog under an alias. Why an alias? I started to write what may be described as an "American Gothic" novel (sort of Henry James/ Franz Kafka with violence) with some autobiographical details. ..when I started this blog I just decided to use the alias. This blog is about art and art history, but my interests also include literature, film analysis, psychology, forensic psychology, faerie tale analysis, cognitive therapy, cognitive linguistics, classical theater, World War II, and Russian and British history. My favorite writers include Kafka, the Brontes, and Philip K Dick. Thank you for reading this blog and I will happily reply to any comments.
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4 Responses to Sergej Eisenstein by Margaret Bourke-White

  1. marblenecltr says:

    NYC fresh air and sunshine with the sounds of traffic far below. Not too much traffic, it was during the Depression.

  2. I love “Ivan the Terrible”. What a genius Eisenstein was. Thank you so much for posting this – a fascinating photograph.

  3. marblenecltr says:

    Reblogged this on necltr and commented:
    Why aren’t using a Gillette safety razor?

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