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Parallel (?) Montage

by JUAN PABLO SARMIENTO

This scene features a paradoxical use of parallel montage.

Flash back in Forrest Gump

by Michael Frierson

One traditional kind of narrative flashback in film is recounted enactment: a character in the film recounts something in his or her past and we see that event enacted on screen. In Forrest Gump (Robert Zemeckis, 1994) Forrest (Tom Hanks) strikes up a philosophical conversation with a nurse on a park bench about her shoes. As the camera pushes in, Forrest recalls “I bet if I think about it real hard I could remember my first pair of shoes.” He closes his eyes, thinking hard, and continues, “Moma said they would take me anywhere,” cut to Forrest as a young boy, striking the same facial expression. As the camera pulls back, the adult Forrest’s voice continues, “She said they were my magic shoes.” The camera reveals Forrest in a doctor’s office. As Forrest opens his eyes in astonishment, the camera continues back to reveal his first pair of leg braces.

Parallel montage and flashback in Old Boy

These two types of editing are used successfully in this sequence to reveal important information to the audience. What formally appears to be one narrative line is in reality divided by jumps in time.

from Old Boy (2003)
Creator: Pan Chan-Wook
Posted by JUAN PABLO SARMIENTO
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