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Jump cuts in Dancer in the Dark

by Oliver Gaycken

In this sequence from Dancer in the Dark, director Lars von Trier employs a number of jump cuts, which are similar to the widespread use of jump cuts in reality television. Arguably, whereas jump cuts in the clip from Breathless lend the sequences an experimental, purposely fractured feel, here the use of the same technique functions more to imbue the scene an improvised, documentary aesthetic.

Jump cuts (dissolves) in Last Temptation

by Michael Frierson

In Last Temptation of Christ (Scorsese, 1988), an adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis' 1955 novel, Scorsese creates a striking visual image of Jesus as the leader of a growing movement by using ellipsis in a sequence of spatially continuous shots, creating something like “symbolic jump cuts” (actually, jump “dissolves”) that can be classified as syuzhet gaps that are diffuse, flaunted, and permanent.

After three fishermen/apostles see Jesus on the shore, they join him as he walks toward camera on a rocky plain. The film then dissolves to a shot staged about the same distance to camera where more followers are included in the frame. A second dissolve does the same thing, adding more followers. One final dissolve advances the crowd closer to camera, filling the frame with his disciples.

Jump Cut Dancer

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From Lars Von Trier's Dancer in the Dark

from Dancer in the Dark (2000)
Creator: Lars Von Trier
Distributor: Angel Films
Posted by Oliver Gaycken
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