Eisenstein on the Audiovisual is winner of the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation’s And/Or Award for the Best Moving Image Book of 2009. Chair of the judging panel Francine Stock commented: ‘We had no hesitation in choosing the winner. Composer and filmmaker Robert Robertson achieves the near-impossible, shedding fresh light on Eisenstein without loading him with ideology. Like the work it describes, this book is symphonic; it draws together strong influences and forces around Eisenstein into a compelling and cogent narrative - at once enjoyable, provocative.’ The pioneering film director and theorist Sergei Eisenstein is known for the unequalled impact his films have had on the development of cinema. Less is known about his remarkable and extensive writings, which present a continent of ideas about film. Robert Robertson presents a lucid and engaging introduction to a key area of Eisenstein’s thought: his ideas about the audiovisual in cinema, which are more pertinent today than ever before. With the advent of digital technology, music and sound now act as independent variables combined with the visual medium to produce a truly audiovisual result. Eisenstein explored in his writings this complex, exciting subject with more depth and originality than any other practitioner, and this is an accessible and original exploration of his ideas that will appeal to a wide readership in cinema and related audiovisual forms, including theatre, opera, dance and multimedia.