Harry Potamkin discussing G.V. Alexadrov’s work in ‘A Sentimental Romance’ from 1930:
“He has done in this film a number of things I have thought basic in ‘playing with sound,’ such as: running the sound track backwards, inscribing or designing the sound (sound is after all only inscription). He cut the sound inscription.”
“Playing with Sound, The Compound Cinema: The Film Writings of Harry Alan Potamkin” Potamkin, 1977 pp86-88)
‘Sentimental Romance’ (1930)
Directors: Grigori Aleksandrov & Sergei M. Eisenstein
Writers: Grigori Aleksandrov & Sergei Eisenstein
Photographed by Eduard Tisse.
Runtime: 20 min
Color: Black and White
Sound Mix: Mono
Company: Sequana Films
Avant garde short by Sergei Eisenstein from 1930.
“THE FIRST EXPERIMENTAL WORK WITH SOUND MUST BE DIRECTED ALONG THE LINE OF ITS DISTINCT NONSYNCHRONIZATION WITH THE VISUAL IMAGES. And only such an attack will give the necessary palpability which will later lead to the creation of an ORCHESTRAL COUNTERPOINT of visual and aural images.”
From ‘A Statement’, published in 1928 by S.M. Eisenstein, V.I. Pudovkin, G.V. Alexandrov and Dziga Vertov.