Tag Archives: Montage

How Music Ruined a Potential Masterpiece: Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and its Greatest Failing

There’s much in Nolan’s audacious new feature worth commending, chief among which is the underlying conceptual apparatus of time and rhythm and the greatly immersive experience it generates.  Cross cutting between three divergent storlines yet maintaining a parallel flow of … Continue reading

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On The Waterfront (Kazan, 1954)

On The Waterfront is a strong character film, with much film-historical relevance and classicism, which explains its current reputation and social reverence. In an almost reverse nature, I was noting not references in the film, but original scenes of which … Continue reading

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The Film Cut and Mental Anxiety

The cinema is conscious. This is not a novel idea. There has been much discussion of this in the world of film theory. The cinema is not only reflective of visual culture but an instance of our own reality. In … Continue reading

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Elegy of a Voyage (Sokurov, 2001)

As with Russian Ark, Sokurov creates an all encompassing atmosphere through narration and open form montage, yielding a sense of presence throughout the film. Open montage, the use of nondescript (yet no less arresting nor beautiful), non representational images, which … Continue reading

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Mad Max: Fury Road (Miller, 2015)

An exceptionally captivating, hyper textural example of postmodern spectacle. The film forgoes narrative intention; a negation of learned concepts allows it to breathe new and communicate by purely formal means. Rapid cutting, the representation of rapid blinking, form generative montage … Continue reading

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To The Wonder (Malick, 2013)

The film begins with a series of film-photographic images, taken from a variety of sources; they are at once a reflection on the transition from film to digital as well as the transitions in people’s lives. By this end, the … Continue reading

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