“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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Rick December 2, at 5: In still atttractions a composite picture, made by combining several prints, or parts of prints, and then rephotographing them as a whole, is often called a montage or a photomontage. Kino-eye was interested in capturing life of the proletariat and actualizing revolution, and was accused by Eisenstein of being devoid of ideological method.

If he mingled motage the crowd he could only see a small portion of the demonstration. Log In Sign Up. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Hughes demonstrates the same concept in order to collapse several hours into a few short minutes of footage throughout Chicago.

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It employs the theoretical elements that Eisenstein outlines in the essay. Scientific Journal of Humanistic Studies.

Therefore, there is a revolutionary thrust to this kind of film making. Vertov, on the other hand, saw the fictional revolutions represented in Eisenstein’s films as lacking the visceral weight of unscripted attractipns.


According to Columbia Electronic Encyklopedia: Williams, who had an affinity for film himself, explained that the empty space in an arrangement of objects is as significant to the total assemblage as the space in which there are objects. The actual processes- according to the same formula of ex stasis- is ‘being beside oneself’.

Soviet montage theory

Organic unity understood in its basic sense is that when a work shows evidence of a direct relationship between the part and the totality of the work in terms of the thematic concepts that arise from that work in particular. In dismantling the metaphysical barrier between spectacle and audience, Eisenstein aims at changing lf role art has in society- that being, for Art to have a direct influence on man and society.

A famous example is the training sequence in Rocky Avildsen in which weeks of preparation on represented through a sequence of disparate exercise footage. As such, Sach argued, a psychological montage was recognizable in all films, even abstract ones which held no resemblance to classic Soviet cinema.

Like PotemkinThe General Montagd invoked the theme of “collective unity” within a community. It can have many uses in a movie, such as indicating the passage of time or speeding through distances. His understanding of montage, thus, illustrates Marxist dialectics.

Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Distance, lack of access, and regulations meant that the formal theory of attrachions was not widely known until well after its explosion in the Soviet Union.

Films like Dziga Vertov’s The Man with a Movie Camera utilized montage almost all films did at the timebut packaged images without discernible political connection between shots.


Kristin Romberg mediates the conflictual but parallel nature of Kino-eye and Gan’s constructivism by identifying empathy as the central dividing element. Anonymous December 15, at 1: The connections, Brecht insisted, become visible both despite and because of the interstices. Brecht also disparaged the causal through-line of Stanislavskian theory, both in his dramaturgy and in the work of his actors, whom he admonished not to try to connect the separate moments made up of the actions enacted on the stage.

Eisenstein In The Soviet Cinema”. The scenes are often disparate and succeed one another rapidly, essentially presenting a journey of experience episode by episode. The pragmatic and revolutionary application of these movements stands in harsh contrast to ideas being developed simultaneously in Western Europe.

Yet, being fragmentary in nature it nonetheless embodies the thematic whole. The role of the theatre director should be akin to a musical composer. Eisenstein sought to communicate the idea of communism through a language of sensations. He also believed that intellectual montage expresses how everyday thought processes happen.

Soviet theorists had a clear job before them:

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