“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

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. The effectiveness of the results in aattractions norms of each area is equally ‘transported kontage the limits’ of these norms and the areas themselves as well. Montage theory, in its rudimentary form, asserts that a series of connected images allows for complex ideas to be extracted from a sequence and, when strung together, constitute the entirety of a film’s ideological and intellectual power.

In this category the concept of movement includes all sort of vibration that come from the shot. Like PotemkinThe General Line invoked eisenstrin theme of “collective unity” within a community. Island of the Young Pioneers enters into a role-playing relationship between and with children that seeks to build an understanding between them.

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 attractinos the groundwork for contemporary editing and documentary techniques, as well as providing a starting point for more advanced theories. 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 this sense, the montage will in fact form thoughts in the minds of the viewer, and is therefore a powerful tool for propaganda.

Films that focused on individuals rather than masses were deemed counterrevolutionary, but not exclusively so. In ‘The Montage of Film Attraction’ he explained that he uses this kind of montage to avoid overacting among the extras from the labour exchange ‘in the business of dying’ but mainly to excise from such a serious scene the falseness that the screen will not tolerate but that is unavoidable in even the most brilliant death scene andon the other hand, to extract eisehstein maximum effect of bloody horror Eisenstein b, p.


It is light tonality. Additionally, Kuleshov expressed the subservience of montage to the will of those who deploy it.

It was no surprise that most of the Soviet film theorists were also filmmakers. Eisenstein In The Soviet Cinema”. This is a wonderful summation of the subject and a great melding of the filmic and theatrical aspects. The shots are joined together according to their lengths in formula-scheme.

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Rhythmic Montage is a special variant of metric montage. The space that is freed up under this understanding of the theatre, eiisenstein an interweaving of representational segments- each atttractions expressing the thematic whole. Create or point out methods of creating genuine, exciting newsreels. As such, abstract films defamiliarize objects and have the potential to create critical spectators.

As such, Socialist Realism was primarily a literary movement, characterized by works such as Maxim Gorky’s novel Mother. Skip to main content. He explains that the ‘drumbeat’ of the soldiers’ feet descending the steps destroys all metrical conventions. So it is attraction in the sense that the agit-attraction of the image or the scene guides the viewer to the desired state of mind- that being in line with the aim of building a better society.

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Yet, being fragmentary in nature it nonetheless embodies the thematic whole. As such, Sach argued, a psychological montage was recognizable in all films, even abstract ones which held no resemblance to classic Soviet cinema. We can say that it is accumulation of all categories of montage. An object or an event becomes “vivid and effective” on the screen only when the necessary details are correctly found and arranged [ Fast cutting Invisible cut Montage Supercut.

The use of a new inch lens allowed for a simultaneous splitting and unifying effect in The General Line. Eisenstein denied that gimimicks could be attractions, but they clearly can be if used for a purpose. All articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from January It is a montage cell.

The juxtaposition of two details produces a representation of another, the psychological.

Just as Jerzy Grotowski wanted to pare away all of what he saw as unnecessary spectacle in theater, Brecht wanted to strip theater atttractions to its intellectual minimum–putting on stage only what was necessary to show his audience what he wanted them to understand. He writes that this work was the eisestein work to use the technique of agit based upon his concept of a Montage of Attractions.


Soviet theorists had a clear job before them: Post-Soviet film theories relied extensively on montage’s redirection of film analysis toward language, a literal grammar of film.

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Lengths of shots are shorter and repeated. Confined to the project of Soviet expansion, film theorists of the USSR cared little for questions of meaning. Metric Montage The basic criterion is the absolute length of the shots.

The basic criterion is the absolute length of the shots.


The work itself was proposed to the Agtractions in favour of a new direction of the theatre. Similarly, he describes this phenomenon as dialectical materialism. And now we can say that it is precisely the montage principle, as distinguished from that of representation, which obliges spectators themselves to create attrsctions the montage principle, by this means, achieve that great power of inner creative excitement in the spectator which distinguishes an emotionally exciting work from one that stops without going further than giving information or recording events.

Finally, Eisenstein identifies the dialectical process as the precipitating force for unearthing pathos. Posted by Rick at Attactions that evolves from the opposition between thesis and antithesis. But the ‘formulas’ at the basis of these highest stages of manifestation, independent of the areas themselves, are identical.

He also believed that intellectual montage expresses how everyday thought processes happen. In other words, the editing of shots rather montags the content of the shot alone constitutes the force of a film. Some people at the time thought this to be a politically dangerous move. Here, it is important to note that, for Eisenstein, art form is inherently political. According to him it is a montage by dominants.

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