Eisenstein’s montage of attractions

Montage of Attractions

Eisenstein’s first film, the revolutionary “Strike,” was produced in 1924, following the publishing of his first article on theories of editing in the review Lef, edited by the great poet, Mayakovsky. He proposed a new editing form, the “montage of attractions” — in which arbitrarily chosen images, independent from the action, would be presented not in chronological sequence but in whatever way would create the maximum psychological impact.

Eisenstein directing
Eisenstein directing actor Boris Zakhava
as Gerasim in the film “Bezhin Meadow”
Thus, the filmmaker should aim to establish in the consciousness of the spectators the elements that would lead them to the idea he wants to communicate. He should attempt to place them in the spiritual state or the psychological situation that would give birth to that idea. He theorized that cinema was a synthesis of art and science. These principles guided Eisenstein’s entire career, and had a major impact on filmmakers to this day for its stark contrast to “American-style” narrative montage.

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