“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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Soviet montage theory

Conflict should appear not only within the shot but also within the frame. The content determines the length.

Eisenstsin can have many uses in a movie, such as indicating the passage of time or speeding through distances. Eisenstein sought to communicate the idea of communism through a language of sensations.

As Meyerhold explained it: This materialist approach freed us from art cinema’s bourgeois illustration of a literary text, overcame the “government-issue” formalism of the newsreel, and allowed us to productively establish devices for filming with a socialist character.

In fact, montage is demonstrated in the majority of narrative fiction film available today. The combination of shots according to their predominant principal sign.

It juxtaposes images in order to hav a subversive effect. He explained that in this sequence montage is built exclusively on the emotional resonance of individual shots, on the rhythmic vibrations that do not produce spatial transposition.

Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. In this essay he explained what is an orthodox montage. In this category the concept of movement includes all sort of vibration that come from the shot.


Synthesis that eisendtein from the opposition between thesis and antithesis. On the other hand, while some spectators found the new, non-linear presentationalism exciting and stimulating, others were confused and complained about the excess of abstractions and symbols.

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Rhythmic Montage is a special variant of metric montage. Cinema, Modernism, and the Emergence of U.

The bulk of influence, beginning from the October Revolution until the late s oftentimes referred to as the Stalin erabrought a cinematic language to the fore and eiseenstein the groundwork for contemporary editing and documentary techniques, as well as providing a starting point for more advanced theories.

Anonymous December 15, at 1: Because the pictures are relating to each other, their collision creates the meaning of the “writing”.


Rather than saying that he put the young art of cinema at the service of communism, it would be more accurate to say that he put communism through the test of cinema, through the test of the idea of art and modernity that Eisenstein saw incarnated in the cinema: Socialist Realism speaks to the project of art within Stalin’s period. 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.

Intellectual montage follows in the tradition of the ideological Russian Proletcult Theatre which was a tool of political agitation. It employs the theoretical elements that Eisenstein outlines in the essay. He divided montage for categories:. The three principles are as follows: In a plastic theater, the tension among the disparate attractions creates the plasticity of the performance and, just as the viewer of a plastic painting has a three-dimensional experience from a two-dimensional work of art, the audience of a plastic theatre work has a theatrical experience beyond the mere image of actual life.


The dominant signs of two shots side by side result in a particular conflict relationship that produces a particular expressive effect p. Yet, the fragment is not a mere arbitrary part of the whole. In this sequence Eisenstein used the comparison of subjects for thematic effect as a method of montage of attraction. Eisenstein argued that the new meaning that emerged from conflict is the same phenomenon found in the course of historical events of social and revolutionary change.

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This suggests a parallel “inner discovery” process embedded in thematic works. Attractiojs the back is the inscription: It was no surprise that most of the Soviet film theorists were also filmmakers. Vertov, concerned with machinery, movement and labor, universalized Kino-eye’s strategy of constant critique, with little room for empathy and nuance.