How Sergei Eisenstein Used Montage to Film the Unfiilmable


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Watch “How Sergei Eisenstein Used Montage to Film the Unfiilmable” (6’28”):

Read: Eisenstein. “Methods of Montage.” p. 72-83

Watch the Oddesa Steps sequence from The Battleship Potemkin (1925):

Watch ‘Pudovkin’s Montage: 5 Editing Techniques That Speak Louder Than Words’:…

Watch Breathless (Godard, 1960, France).

Part I (~300 words in total):

1. Define Eisenstein’s concept of montage — describe at least three shots in a sequence from The Battleship Potemkin as an example.

2. What is the Kuleshov Effect? Describe with an example from a film you’ve seen so far in this class.

3. Describe the five editing techniques from Pudovkin.

4. Take one scene from the movie you watched in the class so far and describe it shot by shot. Explain the type of editing used in this scene from the perspective of either Eisenstein, Kuleshov, or Pudovkin.

Part II (~300 words):

1. Write the emotional impact you felt in watching a sequence from Breathless. Describe each shot in the edit and how it impacts your emotional connection to that particular scene (how did it pull you in emotionally, and how did it build tension).

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