PO ZAKONU (BY THE LAW) (1926, Soviet Union)
directed by: Lev Kuleshov


IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0017271

Submitted by Viktorija Eksta on 2008-10-17

Viktorija Eksta's comment:
This is a movie by Soviet filmmaker Lev Kuleshov. It is based on the story "The unexpected" by Jack London. Kuleshov apreciated American cinema, specially the use of special efects and technical achievments. It is a thrilling psychological drama that tells how unexpected event can change person's life.
The main plot line: bunch of people involved in the gold rush. One of them kills two fellows. A maried couple stays fights with killer and stays alive. They decide to punish murder by the legal law. Due to horrible weather conditions three of them have to spend a long time in a small shanty waiting for an oportunity to conduct a legal trial.
Movie is made in location near Moscow, but it gives a feeling of Alaska, where the story takes place.
Kuleshov does not use much of intertitles, he use visual narative methods to tell the story and illustrate the changes of characters psychological condition.

Number of shots:
MSL 3.7 2.7
StDev 2.5 4.2
Min 0.2 0.2
Max 11.4 36.5
CV 0.56 1.05

Step: Vertical resolution: Height:
Degree of the trendline: Moving average : Color code?

Users' comments:

Author: Yuri Tsivian Date: 2008-10-18

This film, Vika, turns out to show a 1/1 ration between ASl and StDev (both 4.1 seconds). We do not know yet what this points to, but we may in the future look closer at it. Meanwhile we just mark such cases as "Greek Cross" (guess why).

Author: Date: 2008-10-20

The name "Greek cross" is very apropriate for such cases, where all arms have equal lenght. As registration of shot lenght is a manual process and never can be done with 100% accuracy, such cases may seem coincidental. But I do not think that it is a coincident in this movie. The graph looks quite symetric- if we divide a graph with 6 imaginary lines, we get 7 segments with similar valley-mountain-valley structure, so the changes in the shot lenght are periodical throughout all movie (that also can be seen on the trendline).  As the film is made of fixed number of  etudes, I will try to check how the acceleration and decrease in the cutting rate is connected with building up dramatism in individual segments of movie.

Author: Viktorija Eksta Date: 2008-10-20

I have also a question to Gunars Civjans. Is it possible to insert cinemetrics graph to MS Excel file? It would be a great help to use MS Excel for comparison of graphs and other things, that could be useful for example to analyse the work of one author or to compare the cutting rates of movies of one genre etc.

Author: Gunars Civjans Date: 2008-10-27

If you just need to insert the image of the graph, then it's easy: right click on the graph where the the info pop-up doesn't show (top or left margin) and select copy image, then paste it into Excel.
If you mean to create an Excel graph, you need the raw data for your measurement. If you don't have it saved on your computer, e-mail me with a list of films that you need the data for and i will send it to you.

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