By Sam Rohdie



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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7038-9
  • Pages: 160
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: October 2006
  • BIC Category: The arts / Film theory & criticism, The arts / General, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General, Film history, theory & criticism, Film and Media
  • Series: Cinema Aesthetics


Montage enters into a dialogue with the cinema, probing and playing with its language of motion and stillness, continuity and discontinuity, constraint and openness, time and duration. Comprised of a series of elegantly-written and intellectually vibrant essays, Sam Rohdie's book carefully expresses his ideas and arguments in a manner free from the complexities of contemporary theory and cultural criticism.

As much a book written with the cinema as about it, Montage explores associative and comparative possibilities in the films of directors such as Takeshi Kitano, Jean Renoir, D.W. Griffith, Howard Hawks, Lev Kulsehov, Sergei Eisenstein and Alfred Hitchcock. It offers new and fascinating perspectives on mise en scène, framing, shots, and narrative variation. In combining the sensitive analysis of film forms and structures with an awareness of their historical and artistic relation to other art forms, it also elucidates an appreciation of montage aesthetics that is attentive to the influences of photography, painting and other arts.

Montage is a book that will enrich our ways of seeing, understanding, and enjoying the cinema.


Eadwaerd Muybridge
Takeshi Kitano
Takeshi Kitano (2)
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Lev Kuleshov
Sergei Eisenstein
Sergei Eisenstein (2)
David Wark Griffith
David Wark Griffith (2)
David Wark Griffith (3)
Éric Rohmer
Alfred Hitchcock
Samuel Fuller
Dziga Vertov
Howard Hawks
Howard Hawks (2)
Jean Renoir
Jean Renoir (2)
Jacques Rivette
Michelangelo Antonioni
Michelangelo Antonioni (2)
Jacques Rivette (2)
Alain Resnais
Alain Resnais (2)
Étienne-Jules Marey


Sam Rohdie is Professor of Cinema Studies in the Department of Film and Digital Media at the University of Central Florida

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