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Whatever happened to montage movies?

Posted by iwata33 on Monday 5 May 2008

Yes, whilst still on the old 1980’s film fix, me and my fiancee picked up the three original Karate Kid films quite cheap.  We have been watching them, and it sparked a discussion between us and some friends about 80’s films and in particular montages in 80’s films.  It seemed to us that montages are a particular characteristic of 80’s films more than any other type of film.  In fact when montages appear in modern film it tends to be in films that have some association with those old 80’s movies (Rocky Balboa and Rambo being two recent examples).  Of course this is far too simplistic to be true and after watching Iron Man last night it seems like Superhero movies have taken up the mantel of the montage (Iron Man by the way was brilliant and well worth seeing).

The main function of the montage of course is to show the progression of time and is usually there to show something being built (a la the A-team effect), or as is the case with a lot of films, someone training for some sort of event, hence the karate Kid movies.  Oh and by the way, I was never a great fan of the Karate Kid movies but after watching this old movie again from so long ago, I was pleasantly surprised it wasn’t quite as bad as I remember.  In fact now that I am a martial arts teacher myself I can relate to and understand much of the misconceptions the film is trying to dispel.

Anyway if you would like to read further articles on 80’s movies and in particular montage movies then check out the link below for a really good article.  I have also included a clip from you tube that I came across of some favorite bits from 80’s movies and it happens to be a montage, yea.

Happy Training



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