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Editing rhythm in Cries And Whispers

by Oliver Gaycken

In this clip from Cries and Whispers, the rhythm of the editing plays an important role in underscoring what is going on in the narrative. The pace of the shots of quite slow, with the exception of one moment where the glass of wine breaks. This sudden, brief interruption of the slow back-and-forth of the oppressively silent dinner is then immediately followed by the longest shot of the sequence. The rhythm--slow, fast, slower--emphasizes the strained dynamic between the two characters.

Editing rhythm in Cries And Whispers

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An example of editing rhythm from Cries and Whispers by Ingmar Bergman

from Cries and Whispers (1972)
Creator: Ingmar Bergman
Distributor: Svensk Filmindustri
Posted by Oliver Gaycken