PRINT November 1987


The sounds of silents. And, of course, Charlie Chaplin. From a new edition of the writings of Sergei Eisenstein.

Edited and translated by Richard Taylor, Eisenstein, Selected Works. Volume I: Writings, 1922–34 will be published in December by Indiana University Press, Bloomington, and the British Film Institute, London, at 352 pages, with 20 black-and-white illustrations. The following prepublication excerpt, written by Eisenstein and Sergei Yutkevich, is the text of an essay entitled “The Eighth Art. On Expressionism, America and, of course, Chaplin.”

A CHAPTER FROM A STORY: "At the end of the Great War an improbable thing happened. The Festive Parnassus of the seven classical muses who were officially in session was invaded by a long-legged man with a rapid, somewhat surprisingly erratic gait, shaking his curly head of hair and the bowler perched on top of it and invariably waving a cane which he did not hesitate to poke under the nose of one of the respected muses. He took a jump and flopped down

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