“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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In dismantling the metaphysical barrier between spectacle and audience, Eisenstein aims at changing the role art has in society- that being, for Art to have a direct influence on man and society.

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Soviet montage theory

In a plastic theater, the tension among the disparate attractions creates the plasticity of the performance and, just as the viewer of a plastic painting has a three-dimensional experience from a two-dimensional work of art, the audience of a plastic theatre work has a theatrical experience beyond attracgions mere image of actual life. The scenes are often disparate and succeed one another rapidly, essentially presenting a journey of experience episode by episode.

Cinema, Modernism, and the Emergence of U. The concept of Montage of Attractions has several features…. The combination of two hieroglyphs of the simplest series is regarded not atfractions their sum total but as their product, i. He explained that in this sequence montage is built exclusively on attractilns emotional resonance of individual shots, on the rhythmic vibrations that do not produce spatial transposition.

Labor, movement, the machinery of life, and the everyday of Soviet citizens coalesced in the content, form, and productive character of Kino-eye repertoire.

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Combination of shots give us an abstract image and there is no need to explain it. Eisenstein In The Soviet Cinema”. As such, Sach argued, a psychological montage was recognizable in all films, even montagee ones which held no resemblance to classic Soviet cinema.

Smash cut Cross cut Slow cutting Walk and talk. The story offered by comrade Verevkin’s script did not weigh life down in my work. We must view this not as a shortcoming, but as a serious, long-range experiment. This sisenstein new approach is for Eisenstein, attraction way of freeing the theatre from the logical rigidity of mimetic theatre which merely portrays events without a critical slant. Business with a placard: Log In Sign Up. The belief that a still, highly composed, and individuated shot marked cinema’s artistic significance was eisensstein affront to the dialectical method.


Rather, pathos and emotion were self-determined and intrinsic to form. These, too, are attractions in the Eisensteinian sense. The recognition of the stage and the auditorium as a single organic whole and the audience as an active participant in the theatrical performance. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In this regard it is interesting that, alongside the basic tonal dominant, a second accessory rhythmic dominant of shots is operating in the same way.

Eisenstein argued that the new meaning that emerged from conflict is the same phenomenon found in the course of historical events of social and revolutionary change. Because the pictures are attravtions to each other, their collision creates the meaning of the “writing”. This is a wonderful summation of the subject and a great melding of the filmic and theatrical aspects. An actual observer of a demonstration can get only one point of view at a time.

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He thereby creates a film metaphor: The effect that he wished to produce was not simply to show images of people’s lives in the film but more importantly eisemstein shock the viewer into understanding the reality of their own lives.

And this formula is nothing but the moment instant of the culmination of the dialecti law of transition of quantity into quality[ Attrctions suggests a parallel “inner discovery” process embedded in thematic works.

Here the pram works in relation to the feet as a direct staged accelerator. Toward this end, Eisenstein kept the barriers between the spectators and the performers minimal. It juxtaposes images in order to hav a subversive effect. He finally declares that the film, the music hall and the circus shall be the new mediums to realise this idea of a Montage of Attractions, and as an example, he cites his own production of The Wiseman.


Confined to the project of Soviet expansion, film theorists of the USSR cared little for questions of meaning. Eisenstein drew an analogy with the way Chinese ideograms combine to form meanings different from the separate symbols: And finally, the most important observation.

We can say that it is accumulation of all categories of montage. This is about the next stage after rhythmic attravtions. Let the filmmaker sum it all up: Films like Dziga Vertov’s Eieenstein Man with a Movie Camera utilized montage almost all films did at the timebut packaged images without discernible political connection between shots.

I have offered at the conclusion to several articles to supply the sources if anyone wants them no one’s ever asked before. The basis of this philosophy is the dynamic conception of objects: In fact, montage is demonstrated in the majority of narrative fiction film available today.

It was no surprise that most of the Soviet film theorists were also filmmakers. While theories of montage prior to this sought political mobilization, Dramaturgy took montage beyond the cinema and implicated film form in broader Marxist struggle. An Attraction in relation to the theatre is any aggressive aspect of the theatre; that is, any element of the theatre that subjects the spectator to a sensual or psychological impact, experimentally regulated and mathematically calculated to produce in him certain emotional shocks which, when placed in their proper sequence within the totality of the production, become the only means that enable the spectator to perceive the ideological side of what is being demonstrated — the ultimate ideological conclusion.

It can have many uses in a movie, such as indicating the passage of time or speeding through distances. The shots are joined together according to their lengths in formula-scheme. The space that is freed up under this understanding of the theatre, is an interweaving of representational segments- each part expressing the thematic whole.