Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Manipulative Power Of Editing

You can read the 2400 word essay I posted yesterday about D.W. Griffith's development of a film "language" and how he taught every director from Charlie Chaplin to Christopher Nolan how to manipulate an audience's emotions, or you can watch this 49-second clip from 30 Rock, which pretty much covers the same territory. Your call.

(You can watch the entire episode here at Hulu.)


Maggie said...

I just finished watching 'Judith of Bethulia.' The beginning of the film is visually stunning. It is like a moving painting.

My favorite scene is where Judith is praying as a guard(?) prays in the background.

It was interesting to see Judith dirty herself at the end.

A metaphor?

Thanks for posting the film. Loved the film, the essay and of course, Tina.

Rocky exit...

Maggie said...

Oh, I guess it can't be a metaphor. That involves speech.

It's something, though. hee-hee.

Mythical Monkey said...

A visual metaphor, perhaps. (I wonder if the use of the word "metaphor" in that instance is a metaphor. Hmm.)

Glad you liked Judith of Bethulia! My work here is done ...