Soviet Montage: The Basis of Psychological Response
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History of the Soviet Montage and it's presence in current films.
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Historical Background of Soviet Montage

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Like many film movements we have studied so far in this course, The Soviet Montage movement  stemmed from the political issues and revolutionary circumstances these people were going through at the time.  Ironically, the technique was discovered because of lack of funds.  At the time, many of the Soviet filmaker could not afford new film equipment so they rosorted to editing older films.  They discovered that just by editing they could evoke different emotions and meanings out of the film.  This new editing technique would later open so many doors in film, but also create and interest in filmakers to study the viewers response to their films.

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Hitchcock Loves Bikinis (Example of the Kuleshov Effect)

Hitchcock explains the Kuleshov Effect to Fletcher Markle.
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Requiem Montage: Current Influence

Here's a short clip from the movie Requiem for a Dream.  It shows a montage of continual drug use that eventually leads to the destruction of most of the main characters.  The montage is very choppy but evokes lots of emotion.  These characteristics all stem from the Soviet Montage theory.  

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Batman Begins: Training Scene - The Will to Act

This is arguable as a metric montage, there is a loose continuity to the shots, but they all follow about the same length of time between shots. It places heavy emphasis on continuing a thought through dialogue before each edit. It focuses too heavily on exposition, forgetting that montage is a visual element of storytelling. While october may be a silent film, it's metric montage hardly needs any words. This is an advancement of the Eisenstein style coupled with a misunderstanding of what the power of metric montage's repetition in beats.

 


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CineWiki - Socialist Realism (The attempt at ending the movement)

CineWiki - Socialist Realism (The attempt at ending the movement) | Soviet Montage: The Basis of Psychological Response | Scoop.it

In the early 1930's the Soviet Film industry began to mandate an official policy that required all films to follow the style and characteristics of Socialist Realism.  This new policy meant more government control over films. 

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Unique Characteristic/ Narrative/ Stylistic of Soviet Montage

Unique Characteristic/ Narrative/ Stylistic of Soviet Montage | Soviet Montage: The Basis of Psychological Response | Scoop.it

Here's a very informative report on the various methods of montage film editing.  

 

To be clear, what we think of as a typical "montage" has no depth compared to that of the Soviet Montage Theory.  "Montage" does not only refer to condensing something happening over a long period of time into a sequence of short cuts usually played over music.  For example in Rocky, we see him progress gradually and by the end of the montage he is ready.  The Soviet Montage carries more depth than that.  Holistically Soviet Montage is more about conflict and collison.  It is about merging shots and scenes together that evoke emotion that they could not have evoked individually.  

 

Pay attention to the section about the Kuleshov effect.  It goes into detail about how the filmmaker could evoke various different interpretations out of the audience just by showing different still shots and then showing a man's blank stare.  

 

Also to the section on rythmic editing.  There is a link to the famous Odessa Step sequence.  This technique of editing is used to stretch time, which then builds tension.  

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Soviet Montage: Main Players & Most Popular Films

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"In the face of shortages of equipment and difficult living conditions, a few young filmmakers made tentative moves that would result in the development of a national cinema movement."


This report gives us background on the most influentual filmmakers of the movement including Sergei Eisenstein, Lev Kuleshov (Kuleshov Effect), Vsevolod Pudovkin, Dziga Vertov.  

 

 

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Dziga Vertov: Wild Man of Soviet Montage

Dziga Vertov: Wild Man of Soviet Montage | Soviet Montage: The Basis of Psychological Response | Scoop.it

 Vertov, the radical out of the Soviet Montage filmakers of that time stressed the social utility of documentary film.  He believed that fiction films of his time dulled the viewer's awareness of the social and political realities.  

 

Vertov once said...

 

"The ordinary fiction film acts like a cigarette on a smoker. Intoxicated by the cine-nicotine, the spectator sucks from the screen the substance that soothes his nerves. A cine-object made with the materials of newsreel largely sobers him up, and gives him the impression of a disagreeable antidote to the poison."


 Though many of the filmaker's practices did not coincide with each other, they all somewhat had the same purpose.  They wanted to arouse and educate their viewers by using film editing as a vivid way to reach them.

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The Big Bang Theory Rocky Montage (Sarcasm)

The Big Bang Theory Rocky Montage. Eye of the Tiger.

 

This clip from the Big Bang Theory employs the use of the montage sequence.  Though this sequence is a sarcastic play off of the Rocy scene montage, it still holds validity.  The scene opens with the two characters trying to firgure something out.  The montage then shows scenes of them "attempting" to resolve the issue.  The montage is sarcastic and makes the audience laugh because the characters do not achieve anything.

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