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Ménilmontant and Impressionism

by Kate Fortmueller

French Impressionism was a style of filmmaking in the 1920s that used formal techniques (most notably superimpositions and dissolves) to convey character subjectivity. Ménilmontant is a perfect example of the experimentation that characterized Impressionist filmmaking. Although the film does not have any intertitles, the images are evocative and communicate the interior states of the characters. Note the various techniques deployed in this sequence. How do you understand the woman's (Nadia Sibirskaia) emotional state at various points of this sequence? What does the flashback communicate?

Ménilmontant and Impressionism

by Kate Fortmueller

French Impressionism was a style of filmmaking in the 1920s that used formal techniques (most notably superimpositions and dissolves) to convey character subjectivity. Ménilmontant is a perfect example of the experimentation that characterized Impressionist filmmaking. Although the film does not have any intertitles, the images are evocative and communicate the interior states of the characters. Note the various techniques deployed in this sequence. How do you understand the woman's (Nadia Sibirskaia) emotional state at various points of this sequence? What does the flashback communicate?

Ménilmontant (1926) - The Betrayal

In this sequence one of the sisters (Nadia Sibirskaia) longs for and waits for her lover (Guy Belmont) to meet her.

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