->''Show lot of things happenin' at once''\\
''Remind everyone what's goin' on.''\\
''And with every shot show a little improvement''\\
''To show it all would take too long.''\\
''[[LampshadeHanging That's called a montage!]]''\\
''Ooh, we wanna montage!''
-->-- [[ShapedLikeItself "Montage"]], ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice''

A montage (literally "putting together") is a form consisting of a series of short shots which are edited into a coherent sequence. Or at least coherence was intended.

Note that it takes more than a lack of dialogue and some overlaid music to be a montage. Montage is generally considered to be the ''opposite'' of ContinuityEditing, so discontinuity is key. If the shots are short, but one flows into the next in real time, it's ''not'' a montage, it's just a tense scene.

Not to be confused with a {{Motif}}, although a motif may crop up here if a certain type of image is repeated. See also {{Scenes}}.
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!!Sub-Tropes:

[[index]]
* AngerMontage
* ApocalypticMontage
* AspectMontage
* ATeamMontage
* AvengersAssemble
* BingeMontage
* [[BladeOfGrassCut Blade Of Grass Montage]]
* {{Blipvert}}
* BoredomMontage
* ContrastMontage
* ConversationCut
* CostumeTestMontage
* CreationSequence
* CreditsMontage
* DeathMontage
* DrunkenMontage
* ExplodingCalendar
* FailureMontage
* FallingInLoveMontage
* FashionShopFashionShow
* GilliganCut
* {{Gluttony Montage}}
* GoodTimesMontage
* GrossUpCloseUp
* [[HappierHomeMovie Happier Times Montage]]
* HardWorkMontage
* InterrogationMontage
* KuleshovEffect
* LipstickAndLoadMontage
* LockAndLoadMontage
* LostLoveMontage
* LovedOnesMontage
* MadnessMontage
* MakeoverMontage
* MontageEndsTheVHS
* MontageOut
* MusicalSlapstickMontage
* NationsOfTheWorldMontage
* ObituaryMontage
* OnPatrolMontage
* OpeningMonologue
* PhotoMontage
** PhotoBoothMontage
* PreviouslyOn
* ProgressiveEraMontage
* ReallyDeadMontage
* RecoverySequence
* RightNowMontage
* RoboticAssemblyLines
* SadTimesMontage
* SexMontage
* ShoppingMontage
* SpinningPaper
* SpinningClockHands
* StoryboardingTheApocalypse
* TimeCompressionMontage
* TimePassesMontage
* TrainingMontage
* TravellingSalesmanMontage
* TerribleIntervieweesMontage
* TravelMontage
* UnfoldingPlanMontage.
* UnguidedLabTour
* WritersBlockMontage
[[/index]]
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!!Examples:

* Creator/SergeiEisenstein, if he didn't invent the montage at least perfected it.
** One particular sequence, in ''October'' (also known as ''Ten Days the Shook the World''), 1928, there is a sequence where single frames of the muzzle of a machine gun and of the gunner are alternated. There is also a sequence which violates part of the given definition, where shots of three stone lions in different positions appear as a single statue spring to its feet.
** Also check out ''Film/TheBattleshipPotemkin''.
** ''Film/{{Strike}}'' ends with shots of the striking workers being massacred intercut with a graphic film clip of a cow being slaughtered.
* Special mention: ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' spoofed these in the Strong Bad email "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail117.html montage]]". After a fan asked him if he could "creat a montage" (sic), Strong Bad did ''four'' montages, all involving a "wagon fulla pancakes". One had Strong Bad and the wagon just hanging out, another had Strong Bad [[FallingInLoveMontage falling in love]] with the Wagon Fulla Pancakes, the third had The Cheat and the Wagon Fulla Pancakes [[TravellingSalesmanMontage as "down-on-their-luck door-to-door salesmen",]] and the last one was a TrainingMontage with the Wagon Fulla Pancakes "training for the champeenship" and besting Homestar. And to top it all off, he did an end credits PhotoMontage, complete with captions out of a WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue.
* The biopic ''The Life and Death of Peter Sellers'' is rife with these: a TimeCompressionMontage charting his rise to U.K. film stardom, a FallingInLoveMontage for his courtship of Creator/BrittEkland, a MadnessMontage when she leaves him that becomes a TimeCompressionMontage (the film moves from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s), a HappierHomeMovie sequence, and finally an AngerMontage (burning his old film memorabilia) intercut with a version of WritersBlockMontage (trying to find the character of [[Film/BeingThere Chance the Gardener]]). Whew!
* The films of FernandoMeirelles feature many montage sequences.
** Roughly 90% of ''CityOfGod'' is composed of montage sequences, including LockAndLoadMontage and a TimePassesMontage that spans the entire history of drugdealing in an apartment.
** ''TheConstantGardener'' features both a FallingInLoveMontage and a LostLoveMontage for the same person. It also features a HardWorkMontage.
* ''RobotChicken'' manages to create the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the montage as... [[http://video.adultswim.com/robot-chicken/montage.html the superhero, Montage!]]
* [[http://www.cracked.com/funny-318-movie-montages/ This]] Cracked article contains the outline for a quite a few.
* Both ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' use musical montages all the time, usually with licensed songs.
* ''TheSoundOfMusic'' has two montages involving Maria and the children: one following "My Favorite Things," and another that makes the endless repeats of "Do-Re-Mi" considerably less boring.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' episode "Making a Stand" has two sequences which parody musical montages. In the first, the narrator complains that even with music over the top, the sequence of images wasn't funny; he says it would have been better with "Yellow Submarine", but they couldn't afford that. The second montage has similar complaints from the narrator and a cheaper song about a yellow boat.
* The literal [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqQAPcuuiP0 Montage number]] from ''A Chorus Line'' ([[RefrainFromAssuming more commonly known as]] "Hello 12, Hello 13, Hello Love") stitches together 4 songs to tell 17 dancers' adolescences.
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'' frequently uses and spoofs montages.
** The episode "Winning" has the caption: "Montages... for when I'm too lazy to write anything."
** Then "Saying Words" has this one:
-->'''Rarity:''' Oh, Opalescence, today has not been my day. Why, not even a montage would cheer me up.\\
''[The first notes of "Becoming Popular" play.]''\\
'''Rarity:''' Whoa whoa whoa whoa, hey, ''hey'' stop the music! What are you doing? I told you a montage ''wouldn't'' work!
* For ''Anime/LupinIIIDeadOrAlive'', we are treated to an information gathering montage as Olčander tries to find out if Pannish is really alive or not. The audience hears a nice walking song, while Olčander spends all day searching the city. She starts from the market, but by the end of the day, she's walking around in the shady parts of the city.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Irrelevator}}'' there is a [[http://i.imgur.com/KlJ9V3w.gif poop/fart montage. ]]
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