Continuity Editing

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“As it name implies, the continuity editing style aims to transmit narrative information smoothly and clearly over a series of shot. This makes the editing play a role in narration,  the moment-by-moment flow of story information.” (Bordwell/ Thompson)

The Battle of Algiers: recreating the carnage of the fifties in Algeria

A film commissioned by the Algerian government that shows the Algerian revolution from both sides. The French foreign legion has left Vietnam in defeat and has something to prove. The Algerians are seeking independence. The two clash. The torture used by the French is contrasted with the Algerian’s use of bombs in soda shops.Filmed in a semi-documentary format, this film look at war as a nasty thing that harms and sullies everyone who participates in it.

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The sound work in conjunction with the edit, building the pace;

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A match of action is when a shot continues from one to another;

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Montage: a number of rapid shot and the music get louder, like a ticking bomb.

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Parallel editing is an action happening simultaneously and that gives this film such fast paced cutting keeping you holding a breath waiting for what is going to happen next!

The Battle of Algiers despite of being made quite long ago, still so relevant in our days as it we are watching a news or a documentary that just happened somewhere in the world! Every action and situation are so contemporary with our reality that  I am afraid that this movie will continue to be  relevant for the years ahead.

Check out this interview with five directors and their views about The Battle of Algiers:

 

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