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Editing exercise: clip 2

Here are some ideas, plans, and diagrams for potential editing exercises accessible from this clip.


either no editing exercise or

  • reinsert the political debate and flesh out the quasi-'historical' references
  • film displaces politics into melodrama (rather than Dixon's novels that delved into political details, making them a part of the melodrama)
  • Notice how the focus in this scene shifts back and forth between the two contiguous spaces (parlor and library), but ultimately the importance of Lydia's interactions in the parlor (representative of melodrama) end up far outweighing that of the conversation in the library (representative of the political).
  • What if Griffith were using this sequence to educate the audience on political disagreements that Sumner and Stoneman/Stevens might have had following the war? [chronological disjunction of the scene in terms of historical timeline: Sumner and Stevens (Stoneman) did not rise to governmental prominence until after the war was over, but scene portrays Stevens as scheming well in advance]
  • Insert intertitles to describe the argument in the library, while also editing to shift the emphasis back on to the library and politics rather than the parlor and melodrama.
  • Melodrama should be defined here.
  • Minimize footage of Lydia due to her inescapably racist portrait here.