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Comedy Montage[edit]

This article seems to focus on drama and even how montages for drama have become cliched. I think it needs a section on montage sequences used for comedy. I believe this is much more rare and novel but it is definately there, and not just as a parody of dramatic montages. I would write it but I have no idea where the technique may have started. Great examples of it occur on the TV show Malcolm in The Middle, but I'm certain it started in any number of movies before being imported to TV comedies there.

Should this be merged[edit]

It seems like this information is included or redundant with either Intellectual montage or Sergi Eisenstein's film theories. Is one or the other is redundant?

I think this needs a separate article, really, as it's quite different from an intellectual montage; at least it seems so. -Wunderbear
The intellectual montage article has been recast (not by me) as "Soviet Montage Theory". I am proposing the merging of this article with that one and reshaping it as an article called "Montage Editing" to parallel "Continuity Editing" with sections for history, theory, technique, and examples of contemporary use. Please join the discussion at Talk:Soviet_montage_theory#Proposal_to_remove_the_word_Soviet_from_the_article_title_or_to_restructure_article_as_Montage_Editing
Grhabyt 15:19, 18 October 2007 (UTC)


I started a list of songs. I'm not sure if they really belong here, but it seems like montage songs form their own little saccharine sub-genre. —Ben FrantzDale 16:12, 7 March 2007 (UTC)

Romantic Musical Montage Sequences[edit]

It seems this common type of Montage Sequence (e.g., Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) has been neglected here. —Don Rogers

Team America[edit]

To avoid getting banned under WP:3RR, I'd like to bring up a small edit clash that has been going on between myself and User:Foofiles over whether a comment about the South Park montage song also appearing in Team America is worthy of inclusion. Does anyone have any opinions? mattbuck 22:40, 28 October 2007 (UTC)

I'm pretty torn, me. Its absence was pretty jarring since I basically came here to see it mentioned, but I can understand why it isn't really worth mentioning "oh and this example we just gave happened in another movie too, they used the same song" ... —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:56, 24 November 2007 (UTC)

Raising an issue[edit]

I'd just like to say that my university seminar tutor says that this is not a montage and has nothing to do with the a montage. A montage is where several images or texts from different origins are placed into the same piece of work, just like a collage. He even went onto to state that this is the only case in TV or film which doesn't have anything to do with montage, as most TV programmes or Films use a montage in every scene (be it a blue screen or some CGI) and that this so called "montage sequence" uses no montage at all. I only raise this issue because I know that wikipedia is not entirely reliable and he would know, being a university tutor and all. Boxyno1 (talk) 16:31, 5 March 2008 (UTC)

Here we run into the problem of prescription vs description: is the meaning of a word what scholars say it ought to be, or how people in fact use it? —Tamfang (talk) 05:55, 17 March 2008 (UTC)
What are you concerned about? You never say. I don't understand. Wis2fan (talk) 22:06, 16 April 2008 (UTC)
Boxyno1's concern seems pretty clear (though the reasons given strike me as spurious): according to one purported authority, "montage" as used here is a misnomer. —Tamfang (talk) 00:57, 23 May 2008 (UTC)
A montage, in this context as in others, is a composition of different images to produce a desired effect. What's the problem? Can your tutor suggest a better title for the article? — The word could describe cuts between viewpoints within a scene – in which case we can specify that a montage (in the sense intended here) combines images from different scenes. — If "most TV programmes or Films" use blue-screen or CGI "in every scene", I wonder what I've been missing! —Tamfang (talk) 00:57, 23 May 2008 (UTC)


Why not a series of stills from a famous montage like the one from Rocky? —Ben FrantzDale (talk) 11:11, 14 May 2008 (UTC)

video games[edit]

The section on video games seems entirely vague and irrelevant. No examples are given, and montage certainly does not apply to the whole of video games, nor to video games uniquely. I'll remove it soon if no one can provide any good reason it should stay. Is there some sort of scholarly work done on the role of montage in video games that I'm unaware of? Madnessandcivilization (talk) 22:42, 17 June 2009 (UTC)

Sergei Eisenstein's Montage[edit]

Legendary Russian auteur director Sergei Eisenstein's classic landmark and visionary film was released in the US in 1926, advancing the art of cinematic storytelling with the technique of montage (or film editing); its most celebrated film scene, with superb editing combining wide, newsreel-like sequences inter-cut with close-ups of harrowing details to increase tension, was the Odessa Steps episode. The scene was based upon the incident in 1905 when civilians and rioters were ruthlessly massacred. It was beautifully orchestrated with a montage of close-ups of faces and objects and long-shots, all rapidly cut together and contrasted as the images built to a devastating conclusion; in the scene (with 155 separate shots in less than five minutes), successive waves of white-uniformed soldiers appeared, ordered by city officials loyal to the czar to attack the riled-up citizenry; shots rang out as they fired on the civilians, bringing about dizzying chaos as terrified people rushed to flee down the steep stairs; one woman, whose son had been shot, cradled his bloodied body in her arms and approached the army to defy them; she stood in their elongated shadows before she too was gunned down point-blank; a young mother was hit in the mid-section, and the force of her falling body caused her baby carriage to tumble out of control down the steps, in an indelible image (copied by Brian De Palma's The Untouchables (1987) and by Terry Gilliam's Brazil (1985)); and in a startling close-up, the lens of a woman's glasses splintered and blood gushed from her eye socket. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Prathyushcinema (talkcontribs) 20:06, 6 March 2010 (UTC)

Transition montage[edit]

What is the correct term for shots used as narrative shortcuts, e.g., the pages of a calendar flying off to represent the passage of time, an itinerary on a map being drawn to show a voyage, +((a spinning newspaper)), or [["Extra! Extra!" being shouted by a newsboy to say that some important event has happened in the world (Pearl Harbor bombed!) or in the story (Superman to be tried for murder!)? Is that considered montage? --Macrakis (talk) 18:00, 27 December 2014 (UTC)

Scroll Montage?[edit]

Does this actually exist? I've never heard of it, and the only mentions I've found for it online are copies of this article. Of the two references cited, one (On Directing and Dramaturgy) contains no mention of it, while the other appears to be nothing but an abstract experimental film. If there are direct references to it they should be cited, otherwise it looks like OR which doesn't belong in a Wikipedia article. ChristopherGregory (talk) 21:20, 7 February 2017 (UTC)