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The 10 Best Edits in Film History

Lawrence of Arabia.

© 1962 Columbia Pictures

The folks over at CineFix have a new video with an ambitious premise: the 10 best edits in movie history. It’s a tricky task. Editing is often called “the invisible art,” and with good reason—a great edit, or sequence of edits, engages the viewer so thoroughly that the editor’s touch is concealed, rendering his or her work both seen and unseen.  

But the video delivers: the art of editing is plenty apparent in these examples, many of which forever altered the language of cinema. There’s some nice notes about technique—montage, intercutting, transitions—and obvious choices from Hitchcock and Kubrick are balanced with more contemporary work like City of God.