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The axe murder

by Kate Fortmueller

The opening of Ménilmontant juxtaposes two young sisters frolicking with the axe murder of their parents. Although the murder is never explicitly shown, the abstracted images and the rapid montage clearly convey the chaos and violence. Consider Kirsanoff's use of montage in this sequence in relation to our examples of Soviet montage. How is this sequence different or similar in subject and style?

Ménilmontant (1926) - Opening Sequence

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Ménilmontant is an example of French Impressionist filmmaking. This film does not contain intertitles, however, the axe murder sequence is clearly conveyed through rapid cuts, superimpositions, and dissolves.

from Ménilmontant (1926)
Creator: Dimitri Kirsanoff
Distributor: Kino Video
Posted by Kate Fortmueller