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Montage Theory

Montage Theory

Author: Maria Tucker

In this lesson you will learn to define and recognize the use of montage theory, an important approach to filmmaking.

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Notes on "Montage Theory"


Image of Sergei Eisenstein, Public Domain

Image of Romance Sentimental, Fair Use


Image of Lev Kuleshov, Fair Use

Image of Soccer Ball, Public Domain


Image of Girl and Soccer Ball, Public Domain


Image of Little Girl, Public Domain

Image of Cemetery, Creative Commons

Image of Alfred Hitchcock, Public Domain

Movie still of Psycho, Fair Use


Image of Mozzhukhin Experiment, Public Domain


  • Soviet Montage

    An approach to filmmaking which uses quick film editing and the juxtaposition of unrelated sometimes conflicting images in rapid succession to impart meaning.

  • Sergei Eisenstein

    Russian film director who pioneered the use of montage in film in the 1920s.

  • Kuleshov Effect

    A film technique named after Russian psychologist Lev Kuleshov, who experimented to discover that viewing a picture followed by another picture induces a thought.

  • a + b = c

    Equation used to label images and definite Montage Theory.

  • Alfred Hitchcock

    English film director noted for his suspenseful movies. Hitchcock often used montage to intensify the suspense and horror in his work.

  • Intellectual Montage

    A system of editing that uses the dynamics of colliding images to create a new abstract image or idea not necessarily related to the previous two images.