Monday, May 13, 2013

Jacques Rivette and the history of montage

Favorite quote from Douglas Morrey:


“Finally, when Jacques Rivette sketches out the history of montage, it appears as a dialectical process in itself.  Rivette identifies four stages, each of which affirms the former by negating it, in order to describe an ascending circle:


1) the invention of montage (Griffith, Eisenstein);

2) the ‘deviation’ of montage (Pudovkin, classical Hollywood editing);

3) the refusal of montage (Renoir, Rossellini, Welles);

4) the recuperation of montage (Resnais, Godard)”


The photo is from MOTHER (1926, Vsevolod Pudovkin).

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