The Woman in White (1917) and lingering shots

March 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Here’s a very quick thought for today : yes silent films on average cut less often than today, but what’s more, they linger more on shots. Observe this from Thanhouser’s The Woman in White (1917):

shot 1: introduction title

shot 2: LS the girl runs to the gate

shot 3 : MS the girl breaking the lock

shot 4 : she exits right

shot 3 : iris out on the lock

It’s a 3 second iris in, and a full 3 second iris out. Why the lingering ? Hopefully i’ll have soon some more examples coming and some more to say about that.

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