Definition of montage in English:

montage

noun

  • 1The process or technique of selecting, editing, and piecing together separate sections of film to form a continuous whole.

    • ‘The opening montage sequence has also been suitably celebrated.’
    • ‘So he jazzed up the movie with rapid fire, machinegun edits and one confusing montage after another that completely throw off any sense of continuity.’
    • ‘His technique of film montage involved juxtaposing two opposing images so that a new third image was created in the viewers' imagination.’
    • ‘By the end of this montage sequence, they're sitting next to one another, sharing a plate of snack food.’
    • ‘There are some very well-done montage sequences and some honestly insightful cuts, but they are drowned in a flood of meaningless and unmotivated shots and scenes.’
    • ‘It was celebrated for its numerous advances in filmmaking technique, crafting a style of montage that would become the norm for the coming century of cinema.’
    • ‘The wonderfully constructed opening montage sequence, consisting of flashback action coupled with newspaper headlines and photographs, emphasises the centrality of Daisy's kidnapping to the plot.’
    • ‘In each case, the town and the barefaced cliffs behind which the irradiated children survive are linked together through montage, drawing out an all-encompassing atmosphere of inhibition and isolation.’
    • ‘The montage style allows the filmmakers to ‘free up’ a lot of the material, removing its current meaning while suggesting another.’
    • ‘The snappy editing, rapid montage sequences and throbbing soundtrack give the film tremendous pace in its early stages and that is matched by some funny moments.’
    • ‘She learned how to montage films - editing together different camera shots for effect.’
    • ‘This was done after shooting the whole film and montage sequences.’
    • ‘It is montage alone that separates and makes cinema stand out above all the other art forms.’
    • ‘The film is poetic in tone and features a number of image and sound montage sequences.’
    • ‘The video quality suffers greatly from this montage approach to the presentation.’
    1. 1.1 A sequence of film resulting from this.
      ‘a dazzling montage of the movie's central banquet scene’
      • ‘The storyboard montage consists of storyboards and scenes from the film edited together and then shown with some dance music in the background.’
      • ‘Finally, there's a music video montage for the end title song, Broken Wagon.’
      • ‘Cutting between narratives with various video montages, the film is visually breathtaking.’
      • ‘The montages make it clear how far much time has passed since the last scene, but at other times only vague references keep us oriented.’
      • ‘As all the clips are from the first season (of course), you won't get much out of the montages after having watched all the episodes.’
      • ‘There's a lovely scene when she kisses him for the first time and the film dissolves into a montage of suburban streets, implying that there's a story like this in every neighbourhood.’
      • ‘But the footage, complete with video montages and music, isn't playing on your TV.’
      • ‘Of particular note is the visual montage that comes at the halfway point of the film.’
      • ‘The montage is set to music and runs for about three and a half minutes.’
      • ‘Why are some montages more effective for you in this scene?’
      • ‘Several embarrassing montages seem directed by the domineering pop soundtrack due to their literalist take on the lyrics.’
      • ‘And the really interesting aspects of the story get lost in montages.’
      • ‘I have viewed the same Remembrance Day films and montages again and again.’
      • ‘Seriously, this film sets the record for most montages ever.’
      • ‘They change pace through fading montages of static images.’
      • ‘I just can't hear it for the noise, or see it for the montages.’
    2. 1.2 The technique of producing a new composite whole from fragments of pictures, text, or music.
      ‘the play often verged on montage’
      • ‘And if you look at his films, you'll see that sometimes he'll do a montage that's all music and he'll drop the location sound altogether.’
      • ‘We've been closing the show every night with some special musical performances over pictures and montages of events.’
      • ‘A montage of images selected by a young patient reveals some sadness as well as the importance of color, toys, and access to nature.’
      • ‘‘When I stumbled upon the technique of creating montages it was like rediscovering photography’ says Gallant.’
      • ‘Made up of montage, photographs and text captions, it tells its story in the simplest of ways, as if it were being explained to a child.’
      • ‘On the opposite wall to my left hung a gigantic plasma screen displaying a frenzied montage of flitting text and graphics.’
      • ‘Then look at the video inserts over the music montage.’
      • ‘It looked marvellous and there was a lot of inventive and well executed photography and montage.’
      • ‘His studio was a montage of photographs, sketches and unfinished paintings.’

Origin

Early 20th century: French, from monter to mount.

Pronunciation:

montage

/mänˈtäZH/