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

Max Reinhardt

Max Reinhardt

Composer and Musical Director

Max Reinhardt is a radio presenter known for presenting Late Junction on BBC Radio 3 as well as hosting the Late Junction stage at the Latitude Festival.

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