CITIZEN KANE (MARRIED LIFE MONTAGE) (1941, USA)
directed by: Orson Welles

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IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0033467

Submitted by Yuri Tsivian on 2007-05-08

Yuri Tsivian's comment:
I measured this sequence separating the 7 time chunks packed into the dialogue. I ignored the instant swish-pans which separate the time chunks treating them not as separate shots but as if these were dissolves. The editor Robert Wise said it took him weeks to get this sequence right.


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1
2
3
4
5
6
Number of shots:
7
4
8
4
2
2
Length(min):
0.83
0.29
0.42
0.31
0.11
0.26
ASL(sec):
7.1
4.3
3.2
4.7
3.4
7.7
MSL 3.2 4.2 3.4 4.9 3.4 7.7
MSL/ASL
0.45
0.98
1.08
1.05
1.01
1.01
StDev 10.4 1.3 0.9 2.2 1.6 3.4
Min 1.2 2.7 1.8 1.7 1.8 4.3
Max 32.5 6.1 4.5 7.3 4.9 11
CV 1.47 0.31 0.3 0.48 0.46 0.44
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Author: Yuri Tsivian Date: 2007-05-08

Did I write 7 chunks? It's actually 6. My mistake. But the mesurements is accurate.

Author: Yuri Tsivian Date: 2007-05-14

Lately I find that cinemetrics is no less useful for micronalysis of short sequences than it is on the macro level (films and across films). Note how the monge sequence as a whole repeats the dynamic profile of the entire film; and if you switch to the color code and change Degree to 12 you will also see how each time chunk is structured to echo the overall pattern of the sequence.
I propose to call this trend the "imbedded isometrism" of editting patterns. I suspect this may be true to more films than just to Citizen Kane.


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