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Montage

  • Montage is a word that came into the English language in the 1920s. We will examine the definition of montage, where the word came from and some examples of its use in sentences.


     

    A montage is a film editing technique in which short pieces of film are put together in a series or sequence in order to get across an idea. Originally referring to film, the word montage has expanded to mean a set of still photos or a collection of pieces of music. The pioneer of the montage was Sergei Eisenstein, a Soviet film director active in the the 1920s through World War II. Eisenstein mostly used the montage to convey an idea, though today, montages are often used to signify the passage of time. The word montage is derived from the Old French word monter, meaning to get on top of or to mount.

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    Examples

    “Morgan is more than just an actor, producer humanitarian — this man is a national treasure,” Moreno, 86, said before the video montage dedicated to Freeman’s career. (People Magazine)

    “The Road Movie,” made (it’s hard to say directed) by Dimitrii Kalashnikov, is a compilation and montage of dashboard-camera videos, which he grabbed off the Internet, that record events viewed mainly through the windshields of cars in Russia. (The New Yorker)

    But one amateur snapper got more than he was bargaining for when he took some photos of Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada and Google Assistant offered him a bizarre montage of the three together. (The Daily Mail)

    However, these genuinely traumatic events are underscored by a montage of the couple beating each other to “Goodbye Stranger.” (The Birmingham University Pipe Dream)


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