Intellectual montage: A clash of meaning

The Odessa Steps

Eisenstein’s classic montage sequence, the massacre on the Odessa staircase, uses all of the montage techniques. As you watch the clip, note:

The sequence captures the horror of the massacre at the end of the scene in a close-up of a woman screaming after she has been wounded by the advancing soldiers. His percussive editing, detailed shots, repetitions, contrasts, compressions and expansions of time, and collisions of images ran counter to the trend toward a seamless illusion of reality found in other national cinemas of the 1920s.

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