The Pleasures of Minimal Editing
How uninterrupted shots make movies better.
In the final installment of our limited series, Thank You For Not Cutting, we take a deep dive into the pleasures of minimal editing. Looking through the prism of four distinct categories (danger, humor, time, and intimacy), this essay explores why too many cuts can be a detriment to a film. There are lessons to be found in everything from Hitchcock’s Notorious to the Fifty Shades of Grey movies, that communicate why films succeed when staging uninterrupted action.