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October: intellectual montage and non-diegetic inserts

by The Cine-Files

Another of Eisenstein’s montage innovations is the “non-diegetic insert.” In this use of montage, an image (or series of images) that comes from outside the world of the diegesis is intercut with the narrative to comment on the narrative. For instance, in Oktober, Eisenstein depicts Kerensky, the haughty and ineffectual leader of the provisional government, and cuts to a statue of Napoleon.

October: intellectual montage and non-diegetic inserts

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Sergei Eisenstein's October: Ten Days that Shook the World, 1928

from October (1928)
Creator: Eisenstein
Distributor: Image Entertainment
Posted by The Cine-Files
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