Film is rhythm. Certain combinations of materials can make or break everything. A film takes shape on the editing table. Whats cut and what stays? How should a scene be established? Director and editor assemble new versions. The Babelsberg staff have been learning from the Russians and Americans about the power of editing since the 1920s. The passing of time is fixed on film and informed by film - stiff, long takes in 1912, daring, fast cuts a hundred years later.
Lounge of stage direction in cutting room