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Intellectual montage in October

by Oliver Gaycken

This clip is an example of an editing style that is not concerned with creating a seamless, synthetic sense of space. Instead, Eisenstein uses the resources of editing to create an abstract argument about the relationship of religion to modern politics. The juxtaposition of icons from different religions suggests that the tendency of states to enlist religion as a legitimation of their power is a corrupt practice.

Intellectual montage in October

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Intellectual montage in October

from October (1928)
Creator: Sergei Eisenstein
Posted by Oliver Gaycken