CIN 2190: Lecture #5 Feb 7th 2013
Different understanding and practices of the avantgarde
Chocks and contradictions conveyed through a conflictual editing and traditional narrative Sergei
Shocks and contradictions was essential and central to soviet formalism in the 1920s.
Was supposed to have a certain effect on viewers.
Rejection of traditional narrative Dziga Vertov
Montage: specific to cinema used the same shot of the same actor, contrasted side by side with three
different images of , plate(hunger), corpse(sadness), woman (sexual longing)
he discovered that the relation between two shots was how meaning was created meaning=relationship
between two shots, does not depend on the shot itself.
By combining different shots, a filmmaker can construct a time and space that did not exist before.
Spectator rely more on the place and the relation between shots than on the shots themselves
For Kulechov rhythm was the real content of films,(rhythmic sequence of shots )
It decides and determines what spectators are going to think and how they are going to react.
Here, montage creates the across expression as well as an imaginary time and space and action
They recreate a reality through montage.
Cinematic realism is not photographic realism. Films do not reproduce, but create.
Kulechov experiment was inspired by Pavlov experiment.
When you would give food to a dog, they would ring the bell first, as soon as they would hear the bell they
Discovery of the acquisition (and loss of conditioned response.
Stimuli of a certain nature are supposed to provoke a response of a certain nature.
The image shown before or after determines the emotion that they associate with the actors face.
Battleship Potemkine: Revolutionary propaganda film in which Eisenstien experiments with his montage theory and its effects on
nonrespect of some fundamental; rules of miseenscene.
A shot in conflict with another creates a new meaning that is independent from each individual shot.
Films must represent reality and take position at the same time (ideological positioning communism)
Film=structured ideological discourse. Pro communism, pro