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Examining the Power of Editing Through a Key Scene in ‘Saturday Night Fever’

The A.V. Club‘s Mike D’Angelo examines a key scene in the classic 1977 film Saturday Night Fever and how editing played a major part in emphasizing the themes of the entire film.

He writes, “Cutting is frequently perceived as lazy at best, crass and obnoxious at worst—and it can be, just as any other technique can be when poorly applied. It can also achieve almost subliminal effects that an extended single take can’t. John Travolta’s celebrated solo dance routine in Saturday Night Fever is a perfect example.”

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