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A fancy wipe

by Oliver Gaycken

This excerpt from a late-1940s serial contains a use of a wipe that adds a layer of narrative significance. The wipe, which looks similar to the movement of hands of a clock, underscores the question of time--will the rescue occur in time? Elaborate wipes were more prominent during this era, especially in trailers. Wipes have become largely obsolete as a shot transition; when contemporary filmmakers do used them, it is often nostalgic (as in George Lucas's use of wipes in THE PHANTOM MENACE).

Superman Wipe

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a clip from the Superman serial (1948)

from Superman (1948)
Creator: Thomas Carr
Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Posted by Oliver Gaycken