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by Kate Fortmueller

D.W. Griffith is known for his innovations in film editing. This sequence demonstrates an early example of cross-cutting (between different places that may or may not be temporally related). This cross-cutting creates a contrast between different class realities - a wealthy banquet versus customers buying bread worried about the rising cost of bread.

A Corner in Wheat

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This sequence cross-cuts between poor people dealing with the rising cost of bread and wealthy people enjoying their meal.

from A Corner in Wheat (1909)
Creator: D.W. Griffith
Posted by Kate Fortmueller