Abstract

Stuart Liebman: I want to take up several issues in Malcolm's introduction in order to amplify, and perhaps to qualify, some of his remarks. He rightly notes that we are presently living through a period of scholarly engagement with early film theory. Malcolm implies that the current interest is somehow larger and more extensive than it used to be, and there is some truth in that. In addition to those texts he mentions, one must cite Richard Taylor's massive efforts to reclaim through retranslation vast amounts of Eisenstein's writings, including a great deal of new material. He has also done the same for many of Pudovkin's texts. Taylor's efforts built on his joint project with Ian Christie to substantially expand the texts available by lesser-known Soviet figures in their excellent anthology The Film Factory, published in 1988, the same year that Abel's anthology on French cinema was released.

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