Early Cinema Versus Modern Bodies Of Work

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When looking at early cinema compared to modern bodies of work, one thing that has changed dramatically was the way films were edited. From the 1900s through the 1960s, films such as L’Arroseur arrosé, Battleship Potemkin, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Citizen Kane, all had their own way of telling a visual narrative. I’m going to give examples of how editing evolved and what techniques were developed. When looking at the Lumiére bros, one of their earlier works 'L’Arroseur arrosé’, the editing was very simple. What we see on screen is a wide angle two shot of a man working in a garden, using a hose. Now here 's the key component, by choosing a wide angle shot, we 're able to see a second man walk into frame stepping on the…show more content…
In his experiment, Kuleshov placed actor Ivan Mosjoukine with shots of three different subjects: a hot plate of soup, a girl in a coffin, and a pretty woman lying in a couch. The footage of the actor was the same expressionless gaze. The audience thought his performance was amazing, even though in each shot he looked hungry, then sad, then lustful. As mentioned in Sikov, Film Studies: An Introduction, Eisenstein used montage to convey and explore revolutionary ways for the audience to watch films. Eisenstein believed that montage must consist of colliding shots. Editing the shots rapidly, to exhibit conflict, making a sequence that more intense. His film, Battleship Potemkin, is a great example of the soviet montage. There’s one sequence in particular, The Odessa Step that helps express this. It starts out with a wide angle shot of the crowd, followed by multiply medium shots of the citizens waving to the sailors. shows their facial expression, as they have wave to the ship. Then suddenly, we get a closeup shot of a woman in distress, quickly followed by a extreme closeup shot of the same woman, looking even more frantic. As we see the citizens of Odessa run in terror, one thing that stands out, is the woman with the white umbrella. As the citizens run franticly down the steps, the woman runs directly into the camera, by doing so, she creates her own cut in the clip. Next he swiftly cuts to a extreme long shot showing a soldiers following the
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