Eduard Tisse

Eduard Kazimirovich Tisse (Russian: Эдуа́рд Казими́рович Тиссэ́, Latvian: Eduards Tisē; 13 April 1897 – 18 November 1961) was a Soviet cinematographer.

Eduard Tisse
Born(1897-04-13)13 April 1897
Died18 November 1961(1961-11-18) (aged 64)

Early life and career

He was born to an Estonian Swedish father and Russian mother in Liepāja; he grew up in Liepāja and studied both painting and photography.[1]

Tisse started his career as a newsreel cameraman working under difficult conditions.[2] From 1916 to 1918, he worked as a military cameraman. In 1921, Tisse became a professor at Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography.[1] His career didn't take off until working with director Sergei Eisenstein on the film Strike.[3] Tisse would become Eisenstein's standard cinematographer for the next twenty years.[4]

Tisse, along with Eisenstein and Grigori Alexandrov went on a trip in 1929. They traveled to Europe and the United States with the intent of finding new sound equipment and creating connections between Hollywood and the Soviet film industry. Eisenstein signed with Paramount Pictures and trio headed to California. They worked on several pictures, but nothing was actually produced.[4] Through Eisenstein, photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White met Tisse and in 1932, collaborated with her on Eyes on Russia (1933); this would be Bourke-White's only attempt at film making.[5]

In 1942, Tisse worked on the film In The Mountains of Yugoslavia with soviet filmmaker Abram Room. The film focused on the character Slavko Babic, his life and death, as well as the Yugoslav-Partisan liberation during World War II. The film proved to be very influential for future Yugoslav filmmakers.[6]

His favorite camera was the Debrie Parvo, which he continued to use even during the sound era to film silent sequences.

Selected filmography


  1. "Тиссэ Эдуард Казимирович". Kino-Teatr. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  2. Kenez, Peter (2001). Cinema and Soviet Society: From the Revolution to the Death of Stalin. London ; New York: I.B. Tauris ; New York : Distributed by St. Martin's Press. pp. 40–41. ISBN 9781860646324. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  3. Kobel, Peter (2007). Silent movies : the birth of film and the triumph of movie culture. New York: Little, Brown and Co. ISBN 9780316117913. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  4. Neuberger, Joan (2003). Ivan the Terrible: The Film Companion. London ; New York :: I.B. Tauris. ISBN 9781860645600. Retrieved 12 December 2015.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  5. Ackerman, Ada (2016). New perspectives on Russian-American relations. New York: Routledge. p. 205. ISBN 9781317425151. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  6. DeCuir, Jr., Greg (2012). A Companion to Eastern European Cinemas. Chichester, U.K. ; Malden, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 9781118294345. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
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