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Cinematic FictionsThe Impact of the Cinema on the American Novel up to World War II$
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David Seed

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781846312120

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315190

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John Dos Passos and the Art of Montage

John Dos Passos and the Art of Montage

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Cinematic Fictions
Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on the works of novelist John Dos Passos, who not only made sustained attempts to incorporate cinematic elements in his most famous fiction, Manhattan Transfer and the U.S.A. trilogy, but also saw film as a unique force for cultural change in the modern era. In 1928 Dos Passos visited the Soviet Union, where he met filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein and discussed montage with him, a meeting that appears to have increased Dos Passos' interest in the cinema and encouraged him towards this stated goal of narrative objectivity.

Keywords:   montage, Soviet filmmaker, Sergei Eisenstein, John Dos Passos, Manhattan Transfer, cinema, films, cultural change

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