Alright my dear followers, I need help.
In my Art of Editing class, I’ve been given an assignment to break down a certain scene from a movie taken from a mandatory list of movies. However, I’m running into a huge difficulty trying to select which movie I want to write about.
Do I write about:
- The Cropduster Attack from “North By Northwest”, starring Cary Grant (one of the original contenders for James Bond), Directed by Hitchcock, and by George Tomasini
- The Ambush and Massacre from “Bonnie and Clyde” starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, Directed by Arthur Penn and Edited by Dede Allen
- The Baptism/Murders from the end of “The Godfather”, starring Marlon Brando, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and edited by William H. Reynolds
The Cropduster attack is nice because it only deals with one character and the eminent danger he faces. The cutting is very sharp. Plus, it’s Hitchcock, and you can’t go wrong with Hitch. And there’s a plane attack. And Cary Grant. and I already own North by Northwest on iTunes.
I can say a ton about the Ambush and Massacre from Bonnie and Clyde, where the two rebellious, murderous young lovers are gunned down by the figures of authority. I can talk about how the cutting and editing of the piece shows that message to the audience. Plus it’s a very spectacular, bloody scene. And I like spectacular bloody scenes in my movies. I mean, there are a ton of shots to talk about and how the editors move about the shots to show the audience the grisly end of the “protagonists”
The Godfather. Oh god, the Godfather is amazing. First off, I love what Breaking Bad did in the finale of season 5-1/2 with the homage to this scene. Second, it’s a badass scene. You have religious sanctity intercut with the murder of the Corleone’s enemies. It’s the culmination of Michael’s growth as a character. He has come full circle from being the white sheep of the family to being the empiric don his father was. Plus Francis Ford Coppola is a UCLA alum, and how cool is it to talk about a film that a UCLA alum made in a UCLA film class?