CIN 2190: Lecture #4 Feb 1 2013
A Battleship Potemkin
Quiz next week: learn the terms that were discussed in class. 10%
this film is very important in the history
Russian Montage Editing:
Soviet formalism presented a challenge to the mainstream Hollywood film.
Quite similar to a Hollywood film in the sense of cause and effect
Eisenstiens film is quite similar to a conventional production set was more realistic, natural, was not meant
There is no “hero” in soviet formalism, not a classical Hollywood narrative.
More about collective action the revolution ,
This is why it does not focus on one single character is not idolized and focused on, it jumps around.
The one main innovation In tis video is intellectual montage when a director takes two completely different
images to manipulate the message
When the doctor was thrown overboard and the shot of the worms were shown quickly why? Because the
doctor is vermin ▯ the use of metaphors.
The three lions tattoos symbolized the uprising of the people.
Montage is about shocking and provoking people.
A realist fil draws attention to specific formal characteristics that some films have and others do not. (films
that are considered as little realist)
Intensification of one specific part ex: the head of a character.
“amplification” of certain techniques (handheld camera
realisms in cinema: search for greater truth.
Beyond a bourgeoisie ideology – to break the cycle of communism.
Search for truth= depends on certain techniques popular at a given place and moment in time.
Constructing actual realities’ and provoking images to manipulate the spectators. Analytic realism one needs to observe reality in order to find meaning it in
This is based on phenomenology the reality that we can perceive
This is related to 19th century Realism, minuet details
every realism is the anti realism of another.
For soviet formalist, dominant bourgeois ideology hides reality. The objective was to question bourgeoisie
ideologies through entertainment.
Spectators were very passive, the goal of soviet formalists was to challenge, criticize, provoke.
Filmmakers needs to engage spectator and their intellect.
Soviet formalism represented one of the first challenges to the classic Hollywood narrative
Hollywoodfilms are based on the cause and effect principle. –concept developed since 1916.
The consequence of this is you must use continuity editing
Also based on psychological realism has to be as believeable as possible, we have to correspond to a
certain conception of how humans shuld feel in certain situations.
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