“The theatrical program of the Proletkult does not involve the “utilization of the values of the past” or the “invention of new forms of theatre”but. Eisenstein described this idea, sometimes also called the “theory of attraction assembly,” in his essay “The Montage of Attractions” which first. Sergei Eisenstein is a father of the montage of attractions. In he explain in his essay that: An attraction (in our diagnosis of theatre) is any aggressive.

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Instead, the everyday life of the Young Pioneers absorbed the story, making it possible to capture the essence of the young Leninists in their spontaneous actuality [or immediate reality, neposredstvennoi deistvitel’nosti]. The work itself was proposed to the Prolekult in favour of a new eisenstfin of the theatre.

In this category the concept of movement includes all sort of vibration that come from the shot.

theory of montage

Constructivism, an extension of Futurism, sought a pre-modern integration of art into the everyday. We must view this not as a shortcoming, but as a serious, long-range experiment. This page was last edited on 9 Octoberat Retrieved from ” https: Films like Dziga Vertov’s The Man with a Movie Camera utilized monatge almost all films did at the timebut packaged images without discernible political connection between shots. Eisenstein, instead, wanted to capture all of them and multiply their power.

In the Art of the Cinema, Kuleshov issues a challenge to non-fiction filmmakers: This suggests a parallel “inner discovery” process embedded in thematic works.


Montage is a combination of the compositional generalization about the image attrqctions the image itself: The lengths is flexible.

Here, it is important to note that, for Eisenstein, art form is inherently political. But the problem goes much deeper [… ] The discomfort Eisenstein creates today has less to do with communism than with the aesthetic project he identified with the propagation of the communist idea. Eisenstein discussed how a perfect example of his theory is found in his film Octoberwhich contains a sequence where the concept of “God” is connected to class structure, and various images that attrqctions overtones of political authority and divinity are edited together in descending order of impressiveness so that the notion of God eventually becomes associated with a block of wood.


That individual directors could compose and produce films by themselves at least in terms of credit and authorship made impossible the collectivization of filmmaking. The woman [and] the mourning robe she is wearing. The basis of this philosophy is the dynamic conception of objects: In the hands of a master filmmaker, monttage course, it can accomplish much more as well.


Soviet montage theory

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Soviet montage theory is an approach to understanding and creating cinema that relies heavily upon editing montage is French for “assembly” or “editing”. Distance, lack attractuons access, and regulations meant that the formal theory of montage was not widely known until well after its explosion in the Soviet Union.

Smash cut Cross cut Slow cutting Walk and talk. Posted by Rick at Kino-eye was interested in capturing life of the proletariat and actualizing revolution, and was accused by Eisenstein of being devoid of ideological method.

As a highest category of montage he established Intellectual Montage as a montage of overtones of an intellectual order. As an classic sample Eisenstein give us The ‘Odessa Steps’:. The collectivization of filmmaking was central to the programmatic realization of the Communist state.

Please send me the list of references to bwarburton msn. Soviet theorists had a clear job before them: Newer Post Older Post Home. An Attraction in relation to the theatre is any aggressive aspect of the theatre; that is, any element of the theatre that subjects the spectator to a sensual or psychological impact, experimentally regulated and mathematically calculated to produce in him certain emotional shocks which, when placed in their proper sequence within the totality of the production, become the only means that enable the spectator to perceive the ideological side of what is being demonstrated — the ultimate ideological conclusion.


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Without this understanding, montage is merely a succession of images reminiscent of DW Griffith’s continuity editing. Similarly, he describes this phenomenon as dialectical materialism. Combination of shots give us an abstract image and there is attractionw need to explain it.

Let the filmmaker sum it all up: He believed that this sequence caused the minds of the viewer to automatically reject all political class structures. In this sense, the montage will in fact form thoughts in the minds of the viewer, and is therefore a powerful tool for propaganda.

From this, the form an art takes grants it its dialectical and political dimension. In this sequence Eisenstein used the comparison of subjects for thematic effect as a method of montage of attraction. This radically new approach is for Eisenstein, a way of freeing the theatre from the logical rigidity of mimetic theatre which merely portrays events without a critical slant.

The ethical and ontological dimensions explored in the West were tabled in lieu of film’s potential to reach the millions in far reaches of Soviet territory, where literacy was scarce. According to him it is a montage by dominants.

The activist theater artists, wanting their audiences to respond directly, need to resist this separateness and create a sense of commonality, a community among the spectators.