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Lightning history montage in Time Machine

by Critical Commons Manager

The cinematic trope of the lightning history montage takes many forms. This is a rare example that does not rely on televisual signifiers of historical events, instead depicting generic shifts in cultural signifiers (the part of this sequence showing rising and falling hemlines in a department store window is quoted directly from the 1960 version of the film) followed by a contrived sequence in which time passage is marked by increasingly sophisticated machines for air travel.

Time Machine Lightning History

A compressed montage of historical signifiers focusing on a hundred years of air travel

from The Time Machine (2002)
Creator: Simon Wells
Distributor: Warner Brothers
Posted by Critical Commons Manager