Intellectual montage:
A clash of meaning

At the heart of intellectual montage is the “conflict-juxtaposition of accompanying intellectual affects,” as Eisenstein puts it. We saw an example of intellectual montage in the clip of the firing squad from The Battleship Potemkin (1925). The juxtaposing of religious and military elements connected the two, with each serving the pursposes of the other.

These images are from Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera (1929). Vertov’s film is a commentary on society, sometimes whimsical and sometimes biting. It is a type of documentary, with the cameraman featured as the leading character.

The pair of frames is an example of graphic match: two images unnrelated except for visual similarity. The film clip uses similarities between the rotating door and the traffic circle to comment on the bustle of city life.

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