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A graphic match in 2001

by Oliver Gaycken

This example of a graphic match from 2001 demonstrates how this editing technique, as opposed to the match on action, calls attention to itself. Kubrick matches the approximate size and shape of the two objects across the cut. The implication of this technique is to suggest a similarity between the two objects; in this case, the bone and the space station are being compared on the basis that they are both examples of human ingenuity, specifically, toolmaking.

Re: A graphic match in 2001

by Bryan Curtis

Hello, I just wanted to point out that according to Clarke, that was not a space station but a space weapon. This is from a documentary on the blu-ray release of the film. I'm not sure if that changes anything but at the very least could add a different perspective on the interpretation.


A graphic match in 2001

A clip from the opening sequence from Stanley Kubrik's 2001: A Space Odyssey that demonstrate a graphic match.

from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Creator: Stanley Kubrik
Distributor: MGM
Posted by Oliver Gaycken