Montage reloaded: from Russian avant-garde to the audiovisual essay

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In this chapter, I explore the relevance of early Russian montage theory and practice to new issues raised by the shift from the essay film to the audiovisual essay. I investigate how, specifically, Sergei Eisenstein’s vision of the new type of cinema of ideas formulated in his project for filming Marx’s Das Kapital, Dziga Vertov’s foregrounding of subjectivity and reflexivity in The Man with a Movie Camera, and Esphir Shub’s practice of ‘compilation film’ contributed to the emergence of the essay film and continue to stimulate the theory and practice of the audiovisual essayism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBeyond the Essay Film
Subtitle of host publicationSubjectivity, Textuality, Technology
EditorsJulia Vassilieva, Deane Williams
Place of PublicationAmsterdma The Netherland
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9789048543922
ISBN (Print)9789463728706
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • montage, Eisenstein, Vertov, Shub

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