Film School: The Sam Raimi Montage

'The Hudsucker Proxy' (1994) 'The Hudsucker Proxy' (1994)

A shot-by-shot breakdown of a sequence from a film the director… didn’t direct?

“In the pantheon of montage-makers, there is Sergei Eisenstein, Sylvester Stallone, and Sam Raimi,” declares Patrick H. Willems, as he breaks down, shot-by-shot, the montage Sam Raimi directed in a film by his friends, The Coen Brothers’ The Hudsucker Proxy (1994):

Eisenstein, Stallone, Raimi – Willems’ ‘Pantheon of Montage-Makers

Further Viewing – In Practice

More shot-by-shot breakdowns of montages, which both make extensive use of in-camera transitions, from two Edgar Wright films, Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007):

In the post-production section of our Bong Joon-Ho film school, you’ll find two breakdowns of montage and storytelling editing in Parasite (2019):

Further Viewing – In Theory

More on Eisenstein and Montage Theory, with examples:

The foundational text of editing theory, aka The Kuleshov Effect: