Intellectual montage:
A clash of meaning

In the next two examples, Vertov uses montage to make a political point. In the first, he edits together shots of a woman in a beauty parlor with shots of women doing productive work. This montage supports Vertov’s political theme, calling for productive labor and an end to activities that the filmmakers considered to be frivolous.

The closeup of the women’s hands adds to the irony of the montage by stressing similarities.

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