Soviet Montage (1919 – 1930)

Soviet Montage Theory

Soviet Montage is an approach to filmmaking that makes use of picture juxtaposition to convey a message. The Soviet filmmakers of the 1920s are credited with developing the montage theory style.

Rather than following the formulaic Hollywood continuity style of editing, they set out to produce works that were both more exciting and more grounded in reality. Montage films frequently transition quickly from one scene to the next, using seemingly unconnected pictures to convey a narrative or demonstrate a point.

This method, which allows for the presentation of complex concepts in a very short amount of time, rose to prominence in post-war Western cinema. Developed by Sergei Eisenstein and other Soviet filmmakers, the Soviet Montage describes a certain style of emotional filmmaking. It’s an approach of film editing in which many shots are spliced together to convey a single idea or feeling.

This article will highlight the development of Soviet Montage, the roles Lev Kuleshov and Sergei Eisenstein’s played in the way we edit films today.

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