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Oscar-ku 35 -Lawrence of Arabia

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burning match jump-cut
majestic desert backdrop-
hero... guilt... legend



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I'm back on track with my Oscar-ku series after taking time off for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Anne V. Coates (1925-2018) was a British film editor best known as the editor of Lawrence of Arabia, the film in which she created one of the most famous match cuts in movie history.  (A match cut is a hard cut, without a dissolve or a slow fade, between two scenes that are often set in different places and/or times.)  The scene begins with the head of the Arab Bureau enlisting the young officer, Lawrence, to serve as liason.  Lawrence lights the man's cigarette, then stares at the flame still burning on the tip of the match.  After a few seconds he blows it out.  Immediately the scene jumps to the burning sun over the desert, where the rest of the film continues.  Michael Jablow, head of the editing discipline at the AFI Conservatory put it this way: "It makes the jump from the small story of Lawrence, a small bureaucrat, to the mythic Lawrence of Arabia."  (source link: The Washington Post)  Awesome!

burning match jump-cut majestic desert backdrop- hero... guilt... legend

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Date: 7/29/2018 4:54:00 PM
It's great to be the fan of such a big movie. I am fan of MANY movies. Welcome back to haiku world!
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Date: 7/29/2018 10:50:00 PM
Andrea, your comments are very much appreciated. I especially needed someone to comment on my Oscar-ku comeback, and here you are! Thank you so much.