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Elliptical editing

by Brian Davis

This sequence is an example of elliptical editing in Citizen Kane. The shots are connected by dissolves and often with sound bridges as well. The scene communicates, rather ironically, the deterioration of Kane's first marriage with Emily. There are also two types of monotony in this sequence, one thematic and one formal: the monotony of the marriage foregrounded by the repetitiveness of their life together, and the monotony of the elliptical editing itself.

Elliptical editing in Citizen Kane

Elliptical editing in Citizen Kane. The shots are connected by dissolves and often with sound bridges as well.

from Citizen Kane (1941)
Creator: Orson Welles
Posted by Brian Davis
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