Eisenstein on Lawrence: A Film by Mark Cousins

Eisenstein on Lawrence: A Film by Mark Cousins

In Kino Klassika’s first film commission, Mark Cousins imagines a conversation between Sergei Eisenstein and DH Lawrence in a playful and time-travelling film essay

About the Film

Playing Eisenstein himself, Mark Cousins imagines the director’s response to the simple question: “Did you ever meet DH Lawrence?” “No, but I would have liked to…”  

Cousins uses his characteristic lo-fi filming methods, mobile phone footage, inter titles, photographs, to invite us along as Eisenstein muses on DH Lawrence’s views on film “there is a far greater beauty in Charlie Chaplin’s face than there ever was in Valentino..”, the role of the artist, the naked human heart, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, repression, landscape and time travel. 

Eisenstein wishes he could have travelled, argued, gone to Mexico with Lawrence.  In this little, lyrical and touching film of time travel, Cousins summons up the voices of two of the 20th Century’s cultural titans and gives us the opportunity to do just that. 


An encyclopedic cineaste who is as happy watching movies as making them, Mark Cousins has carved out a niche as the great chronicler of the medium…

Mark Kermode

Film Critic and Broadcaster

Mark Cousins

Mark Cousins

Film Maker, Critic, Programmer

Mark Cousins programmed the Edinburgh Film Festival (1996-97), hosted BBC2’s Moviedrome (1997-2000) and Scene by Scene (1999-2000), and is the author of The Story of Film and (with Kevin Macdonald) Imagining Reality: the Faber Book of Documentary. His movies include The First Movie, The Story of Film: An Odyssey and A Story of Children and Film.

He is the co-founder (with Tilda Swinton) of the 81/2 Foundation.

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