Sunday, November 30, 2008

Matchless

While I scoot off through the wind and driving rain to see Quantum of Solace – about which I’m sure we’ll be having words later – I leave you with the best visual match cut in cinema history for your viewing pleasure. (Yes, even better than the spinning bone). Enjoy.

6 Comments:

At 5:04 pm, Blogger Darren Goldsmith said...

Please tell me it's not the bit where the illustration of the riders turns into... er, real riders, riding.

I couldn't watch any more… I was already reaching for the razor blade and pills.

Anyway, if not that bit, I didn’t see it. Sorry.

I know, I know. I'm a pleb.

 
At 6:20 pm, Blogger Good Dog said...

Darren, yes I'm afraid you are a complete and utter pleb. Still, you can go back to watching your Star Wars films.

Of course it's not when the illustration mixes to live action. You needed to keep watching for a couple more minutes.

Have fun with the pills and razor blade.

 
At 7:53 pm, Blogger Darren Goldsmith said...

Not that 'hawk into plane' bit, surely?

OK... I'm stumped. Why is it the 'best visual match cut in cinema history'?

Oh hang on... are you being sarcastic? Did you hate the spinning bone that much?

As for Star Wars... ugh.

I think I'll drown myself in a bottle of red instead.

 
At 11:14 pm, Blogger Good Dog said...

Yes, the cut from the hawk in flight to the fighter plane. Of course that's it.

Previous posts illustrate how much I love Stanley Kubrick's work just as previous posts show the love I have for Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

A Canterbury Tale was made in 1944, remember. That match cut is a marvellous way of illustrating the continuity between Chaucer's pilgrims to P&P's trio of modern day pilgrims - the American GI, British soldier, and land girl - as they wend their way to Canterbury.

If you haven't seen any Powell and Pressburger films, BBC2 are showing The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp on Saturday afternoon. I suggest you sit and watch it. That film has a similarly brilliant way of going from the present day to the past.

 
At 11:44 pm, Blogger Darren Goldsmith said...

Yes, you’re right. I find myself rather jaded. As a novice writer, this much cynicism is clearly not a good idea. I need to rediscover my love of cinema and TV… or my inner child, or something.

And no, I haven’t seen ‘The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp’. I’m currently saving movies and programmes on my HD recorder, to watch over Christmas (as a fail-safe against the inevitable repeats) and this will fit nicely in the collection. Thanks!

 
At 10:37 pm, Blogger Good Dog said...

Fella, I hope you have the chance to watch it and enjoy it. It really is a marvellous piece of cinema.

 

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