Haiku and Kabuki: How Global Art Informed the Science of Pioneer Filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein

By Kristine Mirrer.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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Sergei Eisenstein, pioneer Soviet filmmaker and father of Montage Theory, shaped the history of cinema. Since the first decades of the 20th century, his theories and films directly influenced early directors and Eisenstein’s work is still referenced by film creators today. A student of Engineering, the applied scientist sought to codify the nascent film medium with trials such as the Kuleshov Experiment, resulting in his published theories as well as on-screen examples. This paper suggests that intercultural artistic influences such as Haiku and Kabuki shaped the original cinematic vision as forcefully as the scientific framework. The global artistic sensibility is supported by examination Eisenstein’s later international work and the interplay with artists of other cultures.

Keywords: Sergei Eisenstein, Haiku, Kabuki, Film History, Montage Theory, Kuleshov Experiment, Global Art, Science, Engineer, Soviet

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.171-178. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.384MB).

Dr. Kristine Mirrer

Media & Film Program, Department of Communication, Kean University, Union, NJ, USA

Kristine Mirrer holds a Ph.D. from The University of Michigan and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi. She served as Chairperson of the Media & Film department at Kean University. She has led international courses for students in France, United Kingdom, China, and Spain, as well as offering certificate programs in American Media for Chinese media professionals. She worked full-time as a consultant for the largest broadcast news research and consulting firm at television networks in the United States and Australia, and has been a faculty fellow of the International Radio and Television Society. She teaches Film, Television, and Digital Media Courses.