Sergei Eisenstein, mythic film director who was the glory of Russian cinema, is a lot more than a film maker. Cultivating the art of montage and of lighting to the point of inventing a new visual language in the middle of the 1920’s Eisenstein has always placed himself at the crossroads of the arts. Man of the theatre and of literature, artist, theorist, passionate about archeology and anthropology, all throughout his career he never ceased to learn about the history of art. Centre Pompidou-Metz is proposing a retrospective of his work compared with this universal heritage. We will find the great films which made his reputation (Strike, 1924; The Battleship Potemkine, 1925; October, Ten days that shook the world, 1927; The General Line, 1929; Que Viva Mexico !, 1932; Alexandre Nevsky, 1938 and Ivan the Terrible, 1944-46), but also his theatrical experimentations, his drawings rich with symbols, drawn with clear lines or his unfinished projects. The exhibition goes back over the methodology and the visionary approach of the film-maker, the productions with a strong link to Russian history but also his numerous voyages in Europe, to Mexico and to the United-States, to his lectures and his meetings.