After reading “Interpretation of dreams” by Freud and “Eisentein Generative Poetics” I found some similarities between them. Freud defined dreams as accumulated thoughts of our unconscious that come out in our minds in form of symbols that could be interpreted. On the other hand, Eisentein , through his theory of montage, emphasized on montage as one of the major elements in film making through deconstructing all elements to form a whole figure like deconstructing symbols of dreams to make its interpretation clear.
Frankly, I never thought about montage as an important element within a movie but after watching a parts of Eisentein’s films “ The Battleship Potemkin” and “October” I started to realize that thoughts and ideas could be expressed through silence and not necessarily by words. Moreover, in the Odessa steps in“ The Battleship Potemkin” , scenes appear as fragmented parts and there are different frames that concentrate on faces of actors and time is static in this scene because in the whole seven minutes nothing actually happens just movement of military against people and all of them are coming down the stairs. But only in one instance, a woman carrying her child started to go up the stairs which represents a wake up call to face oppression. Therefore, all these fragmented scenes created a whole concept which had an impact on audience by making them feel sympathy with people and terror at the same time. Besides, I noticed that his theory of montage is influenced by Hegelian dialectic because there are conflicts between different things as speed of motion and actions and volume as well.
Finally, I’d like to to say that I came to the following conclusion: Aren’t movies like dreams and dreams like movies? I mean there is something surreal in both of them .They have the same form and both are open for interpretation by deconstructing them into small “molecules”. Besides, in the process of interpretation of dreams, isn’t like montage of movie? I refer to gathering all symbols together to try to analyze it and understand what they stand for.