Title: Space of Propaganda: Sergei Eisenstein’s Mythical links between Space, Film and Reality
Nezar AlSayyad states “Movies influence the way we construct images of the world, and in many instances how we operate within it.” (2006). This doctoral research looks at spatial phenomena in the formative years of cinema theory and film language and how the play of myth and reality – created by mass media – can alter our imagination and spatial understanding of the world that surrounds us. The thesis focuses on the work of Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein, whose films can be seen as a form of spatio-temporal propaganda in the context of the birth of a new nation attempting, through media, to understand its past, present and future. As Emma Widdis explains, “Examining visions of the territory during this period is a means of examining competing visions of social organization. Social revolution demands spatial revolution: the new regime needed a new map.” (2003). For Eisenstein this spatial revolution happened in the mediated reality of the film and the impact that specifically designed shot’s, or montage sequences, could have on the viewer’s psyche.