The Eisenstein-Vygotsky-Luria Collaboration: Triangulation and Third Culture Debates

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This article analyzes the unique historical collaboration between the revolutionary Russian film director Sergei Eisenstein (1898–1948), the cultural psychologist Lev Vygotsky (1896–1934), and the founder of contemporary neuropsychology, Alexander Luria (1902–1977). Vygotsky’s legacy is associated primarily with the idea that cultural mediation plays a crucial role in the emergence and development of personality and cognition. His collaborator, Luria, laid the foundations of contemporary neuropsychology and demonstrated that cultural mediation also changes the functional architecture of the brain. In my analysis, I demonstrate how the Eisenstein-Vygotsky-Luria collaboration exemplifies a strategy of productive triangulation that harnesses three disciplinary perspectives: those of cultural psychology, neuropsychology, and film theory and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-44
Number of pages22
JournalProjections: The Journal for Movies and Mind
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019


  • collaboration
  • , cultural-historical psychology
  • Eisenstein
  • Luria
  • third culture
  • triangulation
  • Vygotsky

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