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The Inception of Movie Editing: The Art of D. W. Griffith

A video essay by Michael Joshua Rowin and Kevin B. Lee. Worth it for a glimpse of a tinted Intolerance backed by Hans Zimmer’s Inception score as well as its punchline.  Text. [Via Matt Zoller Seitz (@mattzollerseitz).]

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  1. Messrs. Rowin and Lee did an outstanding job of presenting the complex editing skills and styles of D.W. Griffith, which are one of the primary reasons for his place of prominence in the history of American film. He was the first American director who astutely took all of the basic techniques of film grammar and synthesized them into an art form of storytelling on celluloid. As discussed in this video, Griffith’s invention of parallel editing was a true cinematic breakthrough. It not only enabled films to create scenes of agonizing suspense, as events occuring in multiple settings but happening simultaneously could now be depicted, but it also enabled storylines to use editing to show contrasts (as in “A Corner in Wheat” (1909). I’m very pleased that Messrs. Rowin and Lee have made such a great effort to give credit to Griffith for this important and ongoing contribution to film technique.

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