Montage mastery: Eisenstein and the cut above the rest

Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein, born on 23 January 1898, in Riga, Latvia, was a pioneering force in the realm of cinema, forever altering the landscape with his visionary approach to filmmaking. In his formative years, Eisenstein’s childhood, shaped by the stern influence of both his father and Joseph Stalin, steered him towards seeking solace in artistic pursuits. Early on, he found refuge in creating drawings that depicted a utopian world and reflected his fascination with the circus.

Cinémathèque showdown: Hollywood glitz versus New York grit

The ilk of this iconic director’s films often serve as a love letter to his hometown, New York, with its vibrant streets, diverse communities and a raw authenticity that has become synonymous with his work. From Taxi Driver to Goodfellas and beyond, Scorsese’s films are imbued with the spirit of the city that never sleeps.

The Godard code

Godard's influence on the French New Wave is profound, characterised by a departure from classical narrative structures and a rejection of established cinematic norms. One of the defining features of Godard’s approach was his innovative use of jump cuts, a technique that involved abrupt transitions between scenes, challenging the smooth continuity prevalent in classical cinema.