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Bjorn Aas wrote:
 
> And I make sure that my
>students don't believe that montage was invented in 1982 by MTV.
 
I lecture a lot on music video, and it is one of my special areas of
interest. I AM surprised that many Swedish students think that music video
is a modern (or postmodern) art form, not directly related to the film
history past. As far as I can make out, it is DIRECTLY related to
avant-garde and American underground film of the 40's to 70's. There are a
lot of intertextual references that can't be ignored, and stylistic
likenesses that are too close to be coincidence.
 
I am not saying that music videos ONLY use these as influences, but the
importance of a stylistic break in filmic conventions (as well as those
done by other movements, like the New Wave) have helped to create a montage
based very much on jump cuts and what Andrew Goodwin calls DISJUNCTURE in
"Dancing in the Distraction Factory". I do disagree with a number of things
he writes in the book, but it is the best one I have seen so far on music
video!
 
Cheers,
BERT
 
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