Sergej Eisenstein by Margaret Bourke-White

Why aren’t using a Gillette safety razor?


Russian film director Sergej Eisenstein being shaved on the terrace of Bourke-White’s studio in the Chysler Building, NYC, 1932. There is something surrealistic here; at any rate, as a child, I loved Eisenstein’s expressionistic film Ivan the Terrible.  There is a lot of grandeur as well as intrigue in the story about the Tsar who endured the plotting and conspiracies of his boyars. By comparison here we also have the grandeur and majestic view of the Manhattan spires, towering over  the city, while the barber services Einstein but could as well just slit his throat and throw him off the edge!


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