Un Chien Andalou

Late last year we took a look at a series of videos dissecting the history of editing and the iconic filmmakers, including D.W. Griffith and Sergei Eisenstein, that contributed distinct styles to the craft. Today brings a look at some of the most effective editing moments in cinema, both new and formative, thanks to an entertaining new video essay.

Coming from CineFix, they highlight the ten most effective examples, including a clever Alfred Hitchcock joke and one of his most horrifying sequences, as well as landmark scenes from the aforementioned Eisenstein and Luis Buñuel. Renowned match cuts from Stanley Kubrick and David Lean epics also get a deserved mention at the top of the list.

If any qualms are to be had, I might have recognized The Good, the Bad and the Ugly‘s gripping finale, Dziga Vertov‘s experimental documentary Man with the Movie Camera or any number of time-shifting works by Alain Resnais, but as it stands, it’s well worth checking out. See it below, along with a list of all the films mentioned (including their editors).

City of God
Director: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund
Editor: Daniel Rezende

Bonnie and Clyde
Director: Arthur Penn
Editor: Dede Allen

North By Northwest:
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Editor: George Tomasini

The Godfather
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Editor: William Reynolds, Peter Zinner

Battleship Potemkin
Director: S.M. Eisenstein
Editor: Sergei M. Eisenstein, Grigori Aleksandrov

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Editor: George Tomasini

Un Chien Andalou
Director: Luis Buñuel
Editor: Luis Buñuel

Apocalypse Now
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Editor: Lisa Fruchtman, Gerald B. Greenberg, Walter Murch

2001: A Space Odyssey
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Editor: Ray Lovejoy

Lawrence of Arabia
Director: David Lean
Editor: Anne V. Coates

What is your favorite moment of editing?

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