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Sarah Croog 24939025 Response Paper #3 Continuity editing has dominated Hollywood cinema for decades. It is marked by such characteristics as an axis of action around which the camera captures the action, and close-ups to illuminate character and action for narrative purpose. Continuity editing’s sole purpose is to transition from shot to shot seamlessly, in such a way that the story is understood, and temporal and spatial orientation is maintained. Sergei Eisenstein’s Strike is not concerned with maintaining space and time through editing, but seeks to create meaning through the composition of shots. Thus, this technique, montage, occurs throughout Strike. The juxtaposition of images of the bulls and of factory workers running down the hill creates an abstract meaning that the workers are treated like animals, as does the juxtaposition of shots of the manager who squeezes lemons with shots of workers, implying that the he is exerting pressure on the workers, and on his cohorts. In addition, Eisenstein often uses close ups to stress importance of objects, but does not establish the objects, or the objects carrier in the scene, exhibited in the worker’s suicide. This also creates a distinct emotional effect. Strike’s editing serves to create a political narrative who’s meaning is based not on particular character’s emotions and
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This document was uploaded on 10/26/2011 for the course GERMAN 353 at UMass (Amherst).

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