Contrapuntal Montage in the Films of Artavazd Peleshyan

  • 21.02.2022
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Virtual participants will be able to join the lecture at 5:30 PM, after the in-person screening of the film “The Seasons” (1975).

In 1971, the Armenian filmmaker Artavazd Peleshyan, who had already established a name for himself with found footage films such as “The Beginning” (1967) and “We” (1969), articulated his theory of contrapuntal montage in the short programmatic text “Montage-at-a-Distance, or: A Theory of Distance”. Building on the tradition of earlier Soviet directors such as Sergei Eisenstein and Dziga Vertov, Peleshyan postulated a form of montage that could create contrapuntal effects, not only when juxtaposed, but also at a distance from each other, through the use of formal repetitions and variations.

This talk gives an overview of Peleshyan’s theory of montage, and how it has been applied in films whose themes have ranged from the history of the Russian revolution (“The Beginning”), to Armenian national self-conscious (“We”), the space race (“Our Century,” 1982) and, in his most recent work, finished in 2021 after a three-decade hiatus from filmmaking, humanity’s relationship with the natural environment (“La Nature”). Additionally, the diverse influences that Peleshyan’s reinvigoration of the practice of cinematic montage has had on other filmmakers – notably Jean-Luc Godard and Chris Marker – will be explored.Time

Feb 23, 2022 05:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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